Boat Along a Bank

Jan Vijlbrief (Dutch, 1868-1895)

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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 The setting has an unreal quality, suggesting that naturalism has been replaced by the exploration of color effects and decorative patterns.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, France). (Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, New York); acquired by W. J. Holliday, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1966; bequeathed to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1979.

Object Information

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

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