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River Landscape by Moonlight

about 1665/70, Artist: Aert van der Neer



River Landscape by Moonlight

Emerging from the clouds, the full moon floods the dark river landscape with cool light, giving a scene – that would be rather pedestrian by day – an “unreal” character. The width and depth of the scene are filled with the diverse activities of nocturnal fishing. Tone in tone coloration makes visible even the finest details. With subtle atmospheric works like this one, van der Neer reveals himself as the consummator and principal master of the Dutch nocturnal painting.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XII

Object data

Object Name





about 1665/70


Aert van der Neer (1603/1604 - 1677 Amsterdam) - GND




66,5 cm × 86,5 cm
Framed: 90,3 cm × 108,5 cm × 8,5 cm


Inscribed on the bottom right and at the nets (twice): AVDN

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 6487


1861 Coll. L. Viardot, Paris; 1924 purchase from the gallery St. Lucas, Vienna;

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