Oil/canvas, 96,5 x 108,5 cm, lo. ri. monogr. AVDN, rest., relined. - Prov.: De Beuckelaer, Amsterdam, 16.9.1739; Collection Edmond de Beurnonville, Paris; his estate auction, Paris, 9.5.1881, lot 392; Frederick Muller, Amsterdam, ca. 1885; J. L. Menke, Antwerp; Gallery Le Roy, Brussels, 1.6.1904, lot 52; Alphonse Kann, Paris; Collection Benedict, Berlin, 1927; Van Diemen u. Co., Berlin; Paul Graupe, Berlin 25.1.1935, lot. 40; ibid., 20.10.1936, lot 33; Private Colection USA; Richard Feigen; New York 1991; Sotheby's London, 8.7.1992, lot 59; Private Collection Paris. - Lit.: Hofsteede de Groot, vol. VII, 1923, p. 207, Nr. 177; W. Stetchow: Dutch Landscape Painting of the 17th cent., 1966, p. 204; F. Bachmann: A.v.d.N, 1982, p. 143; W. Schulz: A.v.d.N., 2002, cat. no. 91, a. others. - Wolfgang Schulz in his monograph on the artist calls the painting 'the climax of Aart van der Neer's ouevre'. A.v.d.N., who developed the genre of winter and night landscapes and made them most popular, is one of the most inventive masters of Dutch landscape painting. The painting at hand, from the late period of the artist, captivates by a broad brushwork, distinct local colours and a considerable tenseness. - One of the most important masters of Dutch landscape painting of the Golden Age, father of Eglon a. Johanes v.d.N. A.v.d.N. was first recorded in Amsterdam in 1630 where he set up a tavern a. a wine shop because he wasn't able to make his living by his paintings. Because of his novel night landscapes with their virtuosic illumination a. their poetic concept he is today considered to be one of the best landscape painters of his time. - Mus.: Amsterdam (Rijksmus.), St. Petersburg (Eremitage), Paris (Louvre), London (Nat. Gall., Wallace Coll.) u.a. - Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, Bernt u.a.