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Wooded landscape with monastery
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Wooded landscape with monastery


Lucas van Uden (1595-1672)

Pen and ink, watercolour on paper

Width: 34.9 cm; Height: 19.4 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
The monastery depicted here once stood at the edge of the Forêt de Soigne near Brussels. The buildings in the middle ground, already diminutive, are dwarfed by ranks of ash trees whose slender trunks and lacelike foliage form a screen that extends across the sheet. Van Uden observed the scene from a low viewpoint, allowing both a high degree of detail in the foreground and a sense of the trees’ soaring height. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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