Every week, we highlight an artwork that is part of the collection of The Rembrandt House Museum, or currently on view at the museum. Today we would like to show you this artwork that is currently part of our exhibition Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck – Rembrandt’s Master Pupils: Govert Flinck, Landscape with a Bridge and Ruins, 1637 (on loan from Musée du Louvre, Paris)
In 1637 Govert Flinck painted his first landscape as such, with figures and buildings in a rugged mountainous setting. Although this painting has so far always been viewed in relation to Rembrandt, it should actually be seen as a new undertaking, stemming primarily from Flinck’s earlier work and training.
Even before that, he had painted landscape backgrounds to his portraits and history paintings, harking back more to what he had learned from Lambert Jacobsz than to his training under Rembrandt. In this painting, too, he emulated the style of his first teacher, although the Italianate landscape in this work is reminiscent of the work of Pieter Lastman as well. At the same time, the dramatic light effect in the foreground shows evidence of the lessons Flinck had learned from Rembrandt, possibly from the landscape backgrounds to history paintings. Rembrandt however, did not paint his first full landscape until a year after Flinck.
On view from October 13th in The Rembrandt House Museum and the Amsterdam Museum: the exhibition Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck – Rembrandt’s Master Pupils. Many paintings are coming together from all over the world, from museums and private collections, for this double exhibition in Amsterdam. Some of them will be back in the Dutch capital for the first time since the seventeenth century. The exhibition explores the mastery of Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck in the seventeenth century at two locations that complement one another: training in Rembrandt’s studio versus independence in the art market.