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View on the Bakenessergracht with the De Passer en de Valk brewery
View on the Bakenessergracht with the De Passer en de Valk brewery View on the Bakenessergracht with the De Passer en de Valk brewery

By Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde

View on the Bakenessergracht with the De Passer en de Valk brewery
View on the Bakenessergracht with the De Passer en de Valk brewery View on the Bakenessergracht with the De Passer en de Valk brewery

With this beautifully balanced view of the Bakenessergracht, the young Berckheyde demonstrates his exceptional skills. Using his sense of light, form and rhythm, the painter creates great contrasts in his composition. While, on the sunny side of the canal, an ordinary maid silently dips her mop in the water, the shaded side is alive with activity. Beer barrels from the brewery are being loaded onto a boat, while the brewer gives the last instructions for transport. Haarlem was known for its many breweries, and that makes this seemingly casual glimpse of the city’s early modern industry extra appealing. What is remarkable is Berckheyde’s choice to place the brewer and his brewery in the shade and to have the light hit the ordinary servant girl on the right side.

Year

1662

On display

Yes

Material

Oil on wooden panel

Dimensions

86,5 x 97,5 x 4,5 cm

Credit

Acquired with support from the Stichting Mr. Cornelis Roozen Fonds, photo: Ton van der Heide

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