Vincent Jansz. Van der Vinne
A wooded Landscape with Woodcutters chopping a felled Tree

PROVENANCE: Private collection, Germany.

Signed on the verso Vincent van der Vinne in pen and ink

Black chalk, pen and brown ink and brown wash

436 x 300 mm. (17 1/8 x 11 3/4 in.)

The van der Vinne family of Haarlem were Mennonites and produced four generations of artists in the course of the 17th and 18th centuries. Most of the family worked in the textile industry. Descendants of the family have donated many of their ancestors paintings, drawings and memorabilia to the Frans Hals Museum. In the second half of the sixteenth century, the Mennonite Van der Vinnes moved from Friesland to Haarlem. The most important among them was Vincent van der Vinne Laurensz (1628-1702), student of Frans Hals. His grandson was Laurensz Vincent van der Vinne (1686-1742), the museum has a painting of the interior of the Proveniershuis. Two generations later, the artist Vincent Jansz. van der Vinne, became the first keeper of the Teylers Museum, and is the draughtsman of our drawing .

There are comparable drawings, one in the Muses Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels museum and another recently on the art market in France, and ours is especially close to Peasants crossing a bridge at the edge of a dense wood, with others resting nearby, which was one on the market recently in New York [Figure 1].1 This is comparable in technique and size, and is also signed on the verso. The latter drawing is also of a similar size, measuring 460 x 329 mm and is drawn in the same technique. Our drawing is in a superb condition and is a typical work of the artist.

1.The de Grez collection, catalogue 1913, no. 3886; Paris, 23 January 1980 and Sothebys New York, 25 January 2002, lot 54.