The Wallace Collection

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Canal Scene by Moonlight
  • Aert van der Neer (1603 - 1677)
  • Canal Scene by Moonlight
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1645 - c. 1650
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 58.5 x 72.6 cm
  • Signature: 'AV DN' in two monograms
  • P161
  • East Galleries I
Further Reading
  • Van der Neer began to paint nocturnes c.1645-50, though the rather cursory handling of this work suggests a later date. The scene is constructed in Van der Neer’s habitual manner, with a central river reaching into the distance and the creation of perspectival recession into depth. Picturesque interest is established by the fishermen hauling their nets in the foreground.