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23 May, 15:06

Summer and winter: idyllic landscapes by Hendrik Meyer

Summer and winter: idyllic landscapes by Hendrik Meyer
The 18th-century Dutch artist Hendrik Meyer specialized in decorative wall painting, creating landscapes using watercolor, ink, gouache and other materials. He headed the Academy of Arts in Haarlem and made several trips to England, where in his last years of active creativity he worked on a series of landscape prints. Some landscapes are thematically combined into series, where each painting is dedicated to a specific time of year. These small series of works have become very popular among collectors.


“A Summer Scene” and “A Winter Scene” are two watercolor and ink paintings painted in 1787. Both Meyer's works represent idyllic scenes from village life and are somewhat similar compositionally. In “A Summer Scene,” a shepherd herds the animals to a house filled with sunlight. Every brick of the building, every board is carefully drawn, but the ruins against the background of the house are slightly blurred. “A Winter Scene” shows the same ordinary day, but only in winter: people collect brushwood and chop wood, skate and sleigh.


Meyer painted these and other similar paintings for sale. The influence of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a master of the everyday genre, who often depicted peasants and artisans, is noticeable here. On the other hand, Meyer's paintings are similar to illustrations of medieval liturgical calendars, where information about important dates is accompanied by landscapes showing the lives of ordinary people.

Sources:
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