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Joslyn Art Museum Announces Two Dutch Acquisitions

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The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska has acquired two new Dutch paintings.

The museum has recently acquired four new works for the European collection, all of which are now on view. These include Landscape with a Mill painted by Jan van Goyen in 1634, and a small-scale portrait of Nicolaes Willemsz. Lossy (ca. 1604-1664) painted by Gerard Donck. Lossy was the organist of the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam and was portrayed by the artist together with his wife Marritgen Pieters.

Gerard Donck

De Heem reattributed

Through curatorial research during the reinstallation process, two works have been reattributed. These include a still life that was formerly attributed to Jan Davdsz. De Heem and has now been attributed to Claes Bergoijs (ca. 1651–1668). The museum provides the following reason: a spurious De Heem signature and date appear on the painting, however comparisons to Joslyn’s painting and those securely attributed to Bergoijs show parallels in the compositional structure, the use of fabric, and in the repetition of the same objects and their placement. Bergoijs emulated the Dutch still-life painter Willem Kalf, and Joslyn’s painting demonstrates a closer relationship between it and Kalf’s work.

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