View of Heemstede, 1779

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The Dutch artist Jacob Cats specialized in landscape, often executing paintings and drawings of this subject in meticulous detail. Here he depicted a wooded street in Heemstede, a small village five kilometers south of Haarlem. Cats represents the dappled light coming through the trees on a bright, sunny day to beautiful effect. Humorously, a dapper figure is caught by the artist in the act of relieving himself against a brick wall on the left. Otherwise it is a sleepy afternoon. A pair of shepherds guide a flock of sheep along the road, some laundry dries on a line, and small groups of men gather in the shade to smoke and chat.

/// We are grateful to Gajus Scheltema for clarifying the date and provenance of this drawing.

View of Heemstede
Artist Life
1741 - 1799
Accession Number
Daniel de Jongh, Rotterdam (until d. 1809; his sale, J. van Baalen, Rotterdam, March 12-24, 1810, Konstboek L, no. 20, for f60, to Muys). [J.H. de Bois, Haarlem, in 1946]. [Piet (d. 1974) and Nellie (d. 1960) de Boer, Amsterdam, until 1969; sold, to Mia, for $939]
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