View of grave on the Mass after a siege
Valentin Klotz (op.1669-1697)
Pen and ink (brown), watercolour (grey) on paper
Height: 19.6 cm; Width: 23.8 cm;
Signed & pen, verso, by the artist, Tot Grave
de 3m 2d 1675 / 6mna de belegering (At Grave 2nd day third month
1675 6 months after the seige)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
About this work
After the French had taken Grave, the Netherlandish army reconquered the small town in 1675, but it was severely bombarded during a long siege. The military engineer and amateur artist Valentijn Klotz recorded the destruction in a number of drawings. Here the heavily damaged church of St Elizabeth forms the backdrop for a field of anonymous cubic houses delineated with a nervous pen. The planes of grey and blue washes set against the luminous paper lend the composition a modern appearance.
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