Pieter Jansz van Asch, Landscape with a pastoral scene, Oil on table, mid-17th century
Signed with the monogram "VA"
The painting, made in the first half of the 17th century in oil on table, is the work of the painter Pieter Jansz van Asch (Delft, 1603 - Delft, 1678). Son of the Delft portrait painter, Hans van Asch, Pieter Jan enrolled in the Guild of Saint Luke in 1623 and was strongly influenced in his early years by Willem van den Package (1577-1655), whose pastoral idylls were very popular at the time. His style developed eclectically, showing from time to time the influence of, among others, Salomon van Ruysdael, Jan Wynants and Jan Hackaert and other painters of the Dutch Golden Age. This work represents a forest landscape on the left delimited by a path on which travelers and shepherds travel. To the right, the path is lost on the horizon towards a vast countryside and a sky marked by a few clouds. The scenic importance of the landscape, in which the figures have the role of energizing the view, are characteristics of the artistic personality of the author who is compared in several other of his works.