The Mauritshuis has received River landscape with trees on loan from a private collector. Cornelis Vroom (c. 1591-1661) painted it about 1638. The large trees in the foreground rise up like silhouettes before a sweeping landscape. A couple of hunters weave their way between the trees, their dog romping about in the foreground. Sailing boats skim across the water, and a village along the sandy banks is bathed in sunlight.
The depth in this landscape is incredible. Vroom suggested it with primarily thin green and blue tones and reinforced it by placing dark, brown coulisses of trees in the foreground.
Thanks to Constantijn Huygens, Vroom received numerous commissions from the stadholder’s court. Moreover, he worked with Jacob van Campen, who together with Pieter Post was responsible for the architecture of the Mauritshuis. The museum is proud to display work by Cornelis Vroom to the public. The panel is located in Room 16, the Staircase Gallery.