Berghem, Nicolas.--Born Haertein 1624; died 1683. Landscape. Fond of enriching his compositions with architectural ruins, and though many of his works are made up of materials selected from various sources, they have the air of truth, and it is difficult to believe that he has not copied from nature. Had the great power of execution, and never failed in the effect he desired. His clouds float buoyantly, his foliage is broadly and richly massed, rocks geologically true to nature, water transparent, distances graduated as to time and color, with a true feeling of perspective, great in broad masses of clear shadows. A rapid workman, but he never satisfied the demand for his pictures. [Appendix.]
Catalogue. Detroit Art Association. First Exhibition, February, 1876.