Pastoral Scene

Pastoral Scene
Nicolaes Berchem (Dutch, 1620-1683)
Oil on panel 
26-5/8 x 25-1/4 in. (67.6 x 64.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

Nicolaes Berchem was a member of the second generation of Dutch Italianate artists. These painters, many of whom had spent time in Rome, produced pastoral subjects set in a warm, sunbathed Italian landscape. Berchem’s depiction of this idyllic countryside, where shepherds live in peace and harmony, was meant to evoke the spirit of Classical authors such as Virgil. Berchem’s thick, fractured brushstrokes are evident throughout and provide a lively rhythm on the surface.


(sale, Amsterdam, Yver, 23 April 1801, lot 2, sold for fl. 430 to);
F. Kamermans (sale, Rotterdam, A. Lamme, 3 October 1825, lot 2, presumably bought in by);
[Arnoldus Lamme].
Jean-Francois Boursault (sale, Paris, Paillet, 7 May 1832, lot 8, sold to);
[Henry Artaria, buying for];
Edmund Higginson, Esq., Saltmarshe Castle, Herefordshire (sale, London, Christie's, 5 June 1846, lot 122, to);
[John] Hickman† (possibly sale, London, Christie’s, 20 March 1847, lot 28, bought-in).
Frederick C. Dickson (sale, London, Sotheby's, 30 June 1971, lot 4, sold to);
[Morris, buying for];
[Edward Speelman, Ltd., London, sold 24 April 1972 to];
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