Topic: Possibly Jan Van Goyen – Oil Painting –16th Century
I recently purchased an oil painting at an estate sale here in Granbury, Texas. It came from the Moncrief estate. I think it is quite good, although it has some condition issues. Someone has written in bold black print on the stretcher bar "Van Goyen." The canvas measures 28.5 inches wide x 19.5 inches tall. When I looked at Van Goyen's works online, I did find a great similarity in the style and subject matter of the painting I purchased. While I think it would be most unlikely to stumble upon a genuine painting of a 16th century artist, I read that he was quite prolific and there were at least 1,200 known paintings attributed to Van Goyen. The painting is unsigned. I see craquelure in several areas, three tiny spots that look like the paint may have flaked, and a tear, perhaps 1” in length, near the left edge of canvas.