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Rijksmuseum Twenthe acquires a Stormy landscape by Gerard van Nijmegen (1735-1808)

The Rijksmuseum Twenthe has announced the acquisition Stormy landscape by the Rotterdam artist Gerard van Nijmegen (1735-1808). It has been on loan in the museum since 2007. The museum has been able to acquire the work with contributions by the Roelvinkfonds foundation, the Vereniging Rembrandt, the Rembrandt Fonds Leppink-Postuma, the Stichting G.J. Van Heek jr. Fonds, the Vereniging van Vrienden van Rijksmuseum Twenthe and Stichting Rijksmuseum Twenthe Fonds.

The painting shows a mountainous landscape with a waterfall and a town in the distant view. The depiction of the storm is exceptional. The two figures with dog can barely keep themselves standing, trees bend and the dark, spectacular skies produce a threatening atmosphere. With his emphasis on atmosphere and dramatic depiction of an approaching storm in a landscape Van Nijmegen precedes 19th century artists such as B.C.Koekkoek, of whom two important paintings are on view in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe.