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  • Jan Van Goyen - Windmill by a River
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  • Jan Van Goyen - Beach at Scheveningen
  • Jan Van Goyen - View of Dordrecht
  • Jan Van Goyen - Seashore at Scheveningen
  • Jan Van Goyen - View of Leiden
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  • Jan Van Goyen - View of the Merwede before Dordrecht
  • Jan Van Goyen - View of Dordrecht from the Oude Maas
  • Jan Van Goyen - Winter on the River
  • Jan Van Goyen - View of Nijmegen
  • Jan Van Goyen - Country House near the Water
  • Jan Van Goyen - View of Leiden from the Northeast
  • Jan Van Goyen - Landscape with Skaters
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  • Jan Van Goyen - River Landscape with a Cattle-Ferry
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  • Jan Van Goyen - The Meuse at Dordrecht with the Groote Kerk
  • Jan Van Goyen - Landscape with a Peasant Cottage
  • Jan Van Goyen - View of The Hague in Winter
  • Jan Van Goyen - A Beach with Fishing Boats
  • Jan Van Goyen - Marine Landscape with Fishermen
  • Jan Van Goyen - Castle by a River
  • Jan Van Goyen - Haymaking
  • Jan Van Goyen - A Windy Day
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Jan Josephszoon van Goyen (13 January 1596 – 27 April 1656) was a Dutch landscape painter. Van Goyen was an extremely prolific artist; approximately twelve hundred paintings and more than one thousand drawings by him are known.

Jan van Goyen was the son of a shoemaker and started as an apprentice in Leiden, the town of his birth. Like many Dutch painters of his time, Jan van Goyen studied art in the town of Haarlem with Esaias van de Velde. At age 35, he established a permanent studio at Den Haag (The Hague). Crenshaw tells (and mentions the sources) that Van Goyen's landscape paintings rarely fetched high prices, but he made up for the modest value of individual pieces by increasing his production, painting thinly and quickly with a limited palette of inexpensive pigments. Despite his market innovations, he always sought more income, not only through related work as an art dealer and auctioneer but also by speculating in tulips and real estate. Although the latter was usually a safe avenue of investing money, in Van Goyen's experience it led to enormous debts. Paulus Potter rented one of his houses. Nicolaes van Berchem became his pupil.

In 1652 and 1654 he was forced to sell his collection of paintings and graphic art, and he subsequently moved to a smaller house. He died in 1656 in The Hague, still unbelievably 18,000 guilders in debt, forcing his widow to sell their remaining furniture and paintings. Van Goyen's troubles also may have affected the early business prospects of his student and son-in-law Jan Steen, who left The Hague in 1654.

Typically, a Dutch painter of the 17th century (also known as the Dutch Golden Age) will fall into one of four categories, a painter of portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, or genre. Dutch painting was highly specialized and rarely could an artist hope to achieve greatness in more than one area in a lifetime of painting. Jan van Goyen would be classified primarily as a landscape artist with an eye for the genre subjects of everyday life. He painted many of the canals in and around Den Haag as well as the villages surrounding countryside of Delft, Rotterdam, Leiden, and Gouda. Other popular Dutch landscape painters of the sixteenth and seventeenth century were Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp, Hendrick Avercamp, Ludolf Backhuysen, Meindert Hobbema, Aert van der Neer.

Jan van Goyen would begin a painting using a support primarily of thin oak wood. To this panel, he would scrub on several layers of a thin animal hide glue. With a blade, he would then scrape over the entire surface a thin layer of tinted white lead to act as a ground and to fill the low areas of the panel. The ground was tinted light brown, sometimes reddish, or ochre in colour.

Next, Van Goyen would loosely and very rapidly sketch out the scene to be painted with pen and ink without going into the small details of his subject. This walnut ink drawing can be clearly seen in some of the thinly painted areas of his work. For a guide, he would have turned to a detailed drawing. The scene would have been drawn from life outdoors and then kept in the studio as reference material. Drawings by artists of the time were rarely works of art in their own right as they are viewed today.

On his palette he would grind out a colour collection of neutral grays, umbers, ochre and earthen greens that looked like they were pulled from the very soil he painted. A varnish oil medium was used as vehicle to grind his powered pigments into paint and then used to help apply thin layers of paint which he could easily blend.

The dark areas of the painting were kept very thin and transparent with generous amounts of the oil medium. The light striking the painting in these sections would be lost and absorbed into the painting ground. The lighter areas of the picture were treated heavier and opaque with a generous amount of white lead mixed into the paint. Light falling on the painting in a light section is reflected back at the viewer.

The effect is a startling realism and three-dimensional quality. The surface of a finished painting resembles a fluid supple mousse, masterfully whipped and modeled with the brush. When looking at a Van Goyen painting one can almost feel the wind in the trees laced with the scent of a bluest smoke lingering above a rustic cottage, or taste the salted air near the seashore he painted.

Jan van Goyen was famously influential on the landscape painters of his century. His tonal quality was a feature that many imitated. According to the Netherlands Institute for Art History, he influenced Cornelis de Bie, Jan Coelenbier, Cornelis van Noorde, Abraham Susenier, Herman Saftleven, Pieter Jansz van Asch, and Abraham van Beijeren.
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Jan van Goyen Josephszoon (13 Janvier 1596 à 1527 avril 1656) était un peintre de paysages hollandais. Van Goyen est un artiste extrêmement prolifique, environ 1 200 peintures et plus d'un millier de dessins par lui sont connues. Jan van Goyen était le fils d'un cordonnier et a commencé comme apprenti à Leyde, la ville de sa naissance. Comme de nom...
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Jan van Goyen Josephszoon (13. Januar 1596 - 27. April 1656) war ein niederländischer Landschaftsmaler. Van Goyen war ein äußerst produktiver Künstler, etwa zwölf hundert Gemälde und mehr als tausend Zeichnungen von ihm sind nicht bekannt. Jan van Goyen war der Sohn eines Schuhmachers und begann als Lehrling in Leiden, der Stadt seiner Geburt. Wie ...
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Jan van Goyen Josephszoon (13 gennaio 1596 - 27 aprile 1656) è stato un paesaggista olandese. Van Goyen è stato un artista estremamente prolifico, circa 1200 dipinti e più di mille disegni da lui sono noti. Jan van Goyen era figlio di un calzolaio e ha iniziato come apprendista a Leiden, la città della sua nascita. Come molti pittori olandesi del s...
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Jan van Goyen Josephszoon (13 enero 1596-27 abril 1656) fue un pintor holandés. Van Goyen fue un artista muy prolífico, aproximadamente 1.200 pinturas y dibujos de más de mil por él se conocen. Jan van Goyen era hijo de un zapatero y comenzó como aprendiz en Leiden, la ciudad de su nacimiento. Al igual que muchos pintores holandeses de la época, Ja...
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