Image Resources | Currently on View in Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery (H209)

Boat Along a Bank

Jan Vijlbrief (Dutch, 1868-1895)


Vijlbrief's farmyard scene is exquisite evidence that the Neo-Impressionist influence also extended to Holland, where its most productive period was the early 1890s.

In this landscape Vijlbrief expands the standard Neo-Impressionist palette, adding unusual shades of mauve, gray, magenta, and ochre. The setting has an unreal quality, suggesting that naturalism has been replaced by the exploration of color effects and decorative patterns.

The lacy foliage and sinuous branches create elegant arabesques that hint at the curvilinear shapes of Art Nouveau and suit the exoticism of Vijlbrief's color scheme.

(Galerie André Maurice, Paris). (Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York); acquired by W.J. Holliday in 1966; bequeathed to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1979.

Object Information

artist
Jan Vijlbrief (Dutch, 1868-1895)
creation date
1894 or 1895
materials
wax-resin medium on canvas
dimensions
21 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.
29-1/4 x 23 in. (framed)
accession number
79.298
credit line
The Holliday Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945