Jan van Nickelen (Nikkelen), attributed to (Haarlem 1656 – 1721)

Landscape with a tree and a peasant

c. 1680/90
Black chalk on paper, 30,2 x 24 cm
Simple golden frame, 48 x 41,3 cm

price: 700 €


Jan van Nickelen was a Dutch Golden Age painter. He was thaught by his father, the painter Isaak van Nickelen. He was very inventive and discovered an innovation in textile production, which he was unable to exploit due to lack of funds. He also invented a new type of hard varnish, which he used in the production of chassinets, a painted silk backdrop for shadow plays and room screen decorations. His chassinets were popular with Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine, whom he met through his Amsterdam friend Herman van der Mijn and Jan Frans van Douven. He won a commission to make screens with views of his properties. After the death of the Elector in 1716 he moved to Kassel where he worked five years for the Landgrave on decorations for the residence „Slot Winterkaste“ there, until his death cut the works short.

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