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A Road through a Wood

The form of the signature indicates that this is an early work, probably of the late 1640s. While this woodland scene has nothing particularly Italian about it, it already contains some of Berchem's characteristic peasants and animals - all delicately painted, with a light, flickering touch, and a special sensitivity to light. To the right, two huntsman are galloping out of the frame, one having just fired his rifle.

Currently on display

Artist
Nicolaes Berchem
Date
c. 1645–50
Location
Gallery 5
Dimensions
119.1 x 89.4 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Inscription
Signed, bottom right: 'C Berrighem'? (?CB? in monogram)
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG122
Notes
Conservation funded by the Woodmansterne Art Conservation Awards, 1996–97