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The Flemish draftsman and printmaker Lucas van Uden is ranked among the most significant painters of landscapes in 17th-century Flanders. Known for his refined sense of light and mood, he creates a sprawling panorama rendered with meticulous and sensitive pen lines and enlivened with atmospheric blue and gray washes. The broad vista of a flat plain lacking a human presence and populated by pollard willows is also punctuated by a church spire and windmill far in the distance along the horizon line.
While his biographer Arnold Houbraken recounts that the artist “awakened at the crack of dawn and went out to the fields and the woods” to work, this carefully composed landscape was most likely completed in Van Uden’s studio.
Descriptive Medium: Pen and brown ink and watercolor on laid paper