Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman
Landscape and Seascape
The Herman Collection embraces a variety of depictions of land and sea, including a rare early landscape drawing from the circle of Hieronymus Cock. This Antwerp printmaker and publisher produced modest local landscapes that strongly anticipate the traditions of Dutch and Flemish Golden Age landscape. These latter are represented here by van Alsloot’s village scene, still in the tradition of Cock and Bruegel, and the large landscape here attributed to Joris van der Hagen, depicting a verdant and ideally harmonious vision of the world. The diminutive but dynamic storm at sea by Bakhuizen and the battle scene in the manner of Zeeman typify the ways Dutch marine artists dramatized these aspects of the great adventure of Dutch seafaring. De Loutherbourg’s evocative moonlit nocturne illustrates the persistence in the eighteenth century of the pastoral ideal of human harmony with a kindly nature; Boucher’s study of a farmyard, meanwhile, has a truth to appearances seemingly at odds with his more typical artifice in depicting the landscape. Ireland’s view of Windsor Castle exemplifies his searching out picturesque views on the waterways of England, documenting the local scene for armchair travelers. This documentary function is also one of the goals of Durand, carefully depicting a still-identifiable locale in a work appropriate to one of the chief figures of the Hudson River School.
Artists, Titles, and Accession Numbers