Our Thomas Heeremans and the slightly older Klaes Molenaer both specialised in Haarlem in anecdotic summer and winter landscapes.
This painting ranks amongst his largest, most animated summer landscapes.
About Thomas Heeremans
Haarlem 1641 – 1697 Haarlem
Heeremans specialized in summer and winter landscapes with people enjoying themselves. He also painted a few beach scenes and view of Amsterdam.
He was a pupil of the classicising history and portrait painter Cesar Boetius van Everdingen, who was active in Haarlem between 1648 and 1658. While van Everdingen’s influence seems to have been very little on Heeremans, he became strongly influenced by the work of the slightly earlier Haarlem painter Klaes Molenaer (Haarlem before 1630 – 1676 Haarlem).
Heeremans’ earliest dated painting is from 1644. He became a member of the Painter's Guild of Saint Luke of Haarlem in 1651. Both Molenaer and Heeremans specialised in representations of everyday outside activities and of moments of leisure of the population of the countryside and small towns of the Dutch Republic.
Heeremans became member of the painters’ guild of Saint Luke in 1664.
He seems to have been active his complete career in Haarlem.
Dated works known between 1660 and 1694.
About our painting
Heeremans painted mostly fictitious views:
- summer scenes set in small, unidentifiable villages of Holland;
- ice skaters outside a small village or outside the ramparts of a small town, clearly inspired by his home town Haarlem.
He also painted on a few rare occasions realistic views:
- beach scenes with fishermen unloading their catch, set against a backdrop of the small villages of Scheveningen, Katwijk or Egmond aan Zee, laying in the dunes;
- summer and winter views of Amsterdam with some of its characteristic monuments: the Haarlem gate or the Montelbaanstoren and Haringpackerstoren.
In the right background of our painting a rope is running across the river between both shores, with a goose attached to the middle. One can regularly see this raw village game, goose pulling, on 17th century Dutch painting. A man standing at the back of a small boat is being rowed towards the poor animal.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because Heeremans’ larger paintings are particularly narrative and decorative.