(Leiden 1607-1674 Amsterdam)
Landscape with three pollard willows
Panel, 28 x 41.3 cm
Acquired in 1927; inv. 2787
Lievens began his career with Rembrandt in Leiden. The two young artists may have shared a studio and were in any case very close. In the early 1630s, Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam but Lievens left for England, before settling for a few years in Antwerp. In this painting, which dates from this latter period but just before his return to Holland, Flemish influences can be seen. Lievens’ painted landscapes are very rare and are of particular interest because he experimented with a very free technique. Here, he makes use of the panel’s reddish-brown primer, leaving it exposed in many areas.