Return Home by Jacob van Strij (1756-1815) Oil Painting Cow Landscape 30" Framed 232735301584

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Jacob van Strij
A gorgeous 18th century painting depicting a man on his donkey as he comes atop the hill heading home.  Cows are lounging near a stream to the right in addition to the dog leading the donkey.  Amazing with lifelike detail into setting.  The tree off to the right is meticulously detailed down to each leaf.  On the bottom right there are remnants of an old signature.  Along the back there are the numbers 329 S along the upper stretcher.  Towards the bottom right of the frame you will see a sticker from W. Holder & Sons picture restorers out of Britain.  These restorers got started in the 1600s, but this particular sticker refers to the legacy that operated from 1886-1950.  Overall a magnificent piece that will be a great addition to any collection.


Auction Lot Details for Jacob van Strij 

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Travellers, herdsmen and cattle in an extensive river landscape with a castle and distant town 
Jacob van Strij 

Hammer Price*:  $9,030  (£6,000)
*(Does not include auction fee to buyer)
Low Estimate:   $9,030  (£6,000)
High Estimate:  $12,040  (£8,000)

Auction Lot:  314
Auction House: Woolley and Wallis
Auction Date:  12/09/2015 - 12/10/2015 

22.83" x 33.07" (58.00cm x 84.00cm)
Created: not given
Oil / Panel





Jacob van Strij



Biography from the Archives of askART


Jacob van Strij was one of the many famous painters from the Middle Ages forward of Dordrecht, the oldest city and ancient capital of Holland.  Also well known was his brother, Abraham van Strij.
Like his brother, Abraham, Jacob learned to paint from his father Leendert van Strij (1728-1798). From 1774 he also studied two years at the Academy in Antwerp and then with Antwerp history painter, Andreas Lens (1739-1822). 
In 1781 Jacob returned to Dordrecht where he became known as an excellent landscape painter in the spirit of Aelbert Cuyp. He imitated Cuyp's smooth color palette and paint area and competed with him in the composition of the landscape. Sometimes van Strij copied Cuyp's paintings in detail, but usually only on certain grounds. He was often accused to be a slavish imitator or forger of Cuyp.  Among his subjects were forested and seasonal landscapes including snow scenes, and fortress-like old structures of Dordrecht such as the city gates. The Dordrecht Museum has many of his paintings.
As Jacob van Strij developed his own talents, he became increasingly removed from his seventeenth century predecessors and more anticipatory of Romanticism. He did a series reflecting travels around Holland and to Italy. In his later landscapes van Strij often used for his trees a striking yellow-green. Besides a large number of summer landscapes, he also painted a few winter scenes such as Great Church of Dordrecht. 
With his brother Abraham, Jacob van Strij painted a series of five chamber wall spreads for an unknown client in Dordrecht. These wall systems were for a long time no longer in their original place, and in May 2005, they were put separately by the owner into the auction market.  However, at the last moment the Dordrechts Museum purchased the whole series, with the intention of exhibiting them together.
Only very few complete or almost complete sets by the brothers Abraham and Jacob have survived, one of which, a set of seven, is now in the Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, and another set of five is in the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. Wall-hangings became very popular in the second half of the 18th century, when several factories in Amsterdam were established producing these wall-hangings for the canal houses. The workshop of the Strij brothers also produced wall-hangings which are often signed by only one artist.  However, in most cases the hand of both painters can be seen.
Online, "Famous Dutch Painters from Dordrecht, Holland's Oldest City"
Gently Used - Some Gesso Loss
30" x 22.5" 
Sans Frame - 23.5" x 15.75"
(L x W)