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Allart van Everdingen (1621-1675)

The two floating logs

The Netherlands, around 1645

Etching

Paper: 95 x 144 mm

Mount: 405 x 556 mm

Allart van Everdingen is responsible for introducing a new type of landscape into Dutch painting: rocky mountain scenes with torrents or waterfalls. The etching depicts a rural scene, where two logs float on a river in the foreground. In the far right hand side, a small cabin is barely hidden by rocks. It presents a landscape mostly untouched by human dwellers, yet hints at the beginnings of civilisation, as a figure can be seen walking across a bridge. 

Purchased November 1957 (No. 57.10) for £3

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