View on the Bakenessergracht
Painter: Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde (1638 – 1698)
Official title: View on the Bakenessergracht with the Brewery ‘De passer’ and ship ‘De Valk’
Original: Oil on panel, 97,5 x 86,5 cm, bxh
About Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde
Gerrit was born in Haarlem as the son of a butcher. His older brother Job trained Gerrit and fellow townsman Frans Hals also taught him the tricks of the trade. From 1654 to 1660, Gerrit travelled with his brother through Germany and, on his return to Haarlem in 1660, he became a member of the St Luke’s Guild. In 1680, he and his brother occupied a house next to the Grote- or St Bavo Church. Gerrit mainly painted townscapes of Haarlem, Amsterdam and The Hague. In 1698, Gerrit drowned in the Brouwersvaart canal after visiting the inn there.
About the painting
This painting is one of the first paintings by Gerrit van Haarlem and the only one of the brewery.
In this beautifully balanced view of the Bakenessergracht, the young Berckheyde displays his exceptional qualities. The painter contrasts his composition with a sense of light, form and rhythm. While on the sunlit right bank a simple maid silently dips her mop in the water, on the shady left bank it is bustling with activity. Beer barrels from the brewery are being transferred to a boat, and the brewer, accompanied by his wife, gives the skipper the final instructions for transport. The brewery’s coat of arms is central to the painting. Haarlem was known for its breweries, and this fact makes this seemingly casual glimpse of the city’s early modern industry all the more attractive. Berkcheyde’s choice to cloak the brewer and his brewery largely in shadow is striking. The light falls on the simple maid on the right bank.
Read more about the life and work of Gerrit Berckheyde on his painterspage.
CREDIT: Acquired with support from the Stichting Mr. Cornelis Roozen Fonds
A collaboration with the Frans Hals Museum Haarlem®
View on the Bakenessergracht by Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde on your wall?
Would you like this beautiful and impressive Dutch masterpiece of Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde on your wall? Choose your desired size above.
- high quality print and material
- including frame
- the textile prints are exchangeable
- available in different sizes
- price includes frame and textile. Shipping costs and import duties are not included
With your purchase you immediately support the Frans Hals Museum ♥