Evening in the Meadows

Aelbert Cuyp (Dutch, 1620-1691)
mid 1650s
Oil on canvas 
41-3/4 x 54-1/2 in. (106 x 138.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

"Evening in the Meadows" clearly exhibits Cuyp's ability to simplify the most complex forms and reinterpret them in terms of light. Like Vermeer, he was one of the few painters who deliberately composed a logical arrangement of natural sunlight and combined it with an infallible sense of tone. For a time, Cuyp went further than any other seventeenth-century Dutch painter in his attempt to convey a full chromatic scale of sunset and sunrise.


[J. van der Linden van Slingelandt (d. 1782); (sale, Dordrecht, 22 August 1785, no. 81; for fl.1007 to);]
Pieter Fouquet Jr.(d. 1800), to;
[Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (sale, Paris, 11 April 1791, no. 49; for Ffr.5150 to);
François-Antoine Robit (sale, Paris, Joseph-Alexandre Lebrun, 6 December 1800, no. 58 (This sale never actually took place.) Robit (sale, Paris, undated and possibly cancelled);
(sale, Paris, Paillet, Delaroche, 11 May 1801, no. 28, for Ffr.10,100 to);
Guillaume-Jean Constantin, who was C.P. at sale and therefore possibly purchased for Ffr.10,100 for;
[Michael Bryan, London (sale, London, 6 November, 1801, no. 56, for Gs. 1,000 to);]
Sir Simon H. Clarke, 9th Bart.,Oakhill Herts., (sale, London, Artaria, 8 May 1840, no. 105; to Artaria for ,955, sh.10, buying for);
Sir Samuel Scott, Bart, until after 1860.
[Kunsthandel Firma D. Katz, Dieren, sold 1934 to;]
Cornelis Johannes Karel van Aalst, Huis-te-Hoevelaken (1866-1939), by inheritance to his son;
Dr. N. J. van Aalst, Huis-te-Hovelaken, 1953, consigned in 1967 to;
[G. Cramer, Oude Kunst, The Hague, 1968, to;]
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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