Evening landscape with a cart, Rubens

Evening landscape with a cart, Rubens
Evening landscape with a cart, Rubens - 1

  • Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
  • Museum: Bojmans-van Böningen Museum
  • Year: 1630-1640

Description of the picture :

Evening landscape with a cart – Rubens. 1630-1640

   The last decade of Rubens’s life includes a small “Evening landscape with a cart”. By motive, it is as simple and realistic as the landscapes of Dutch painters led by van Goyen written in the same years, but the more clear is the deep difference between Rubens and these masters in their approach to their creative tasks.

   The Dutch reveal the modest, inconspicuous beauty inherent in nature in its usual, I want to say “everyday”, state. Rubens depicts a transparent overflight on the banks of the stream when the trees are illuminated with golden pink rays of the setting sun. Their lush, but light, in some places transparent crowns, strong and slender trunks are shrouded in this radiance, as a fantastically beautiful outfit. Of course, the artist’s imagination relies on memories of what he saw in life itself, on impressions of real nature. But Rubens, however, is not limited to them. He strengthens many times the poetic charm of what he saw, raising him into the world of art. To the little one Rubens is a stranger “dead of dreams and reality.”. For him, the dream is real, and reality is fabulously beautiful. His work, such as this landscape, is the best confirmation of this.