Nicolaes Molenaer, also referred to by his first name, 'Claes' or 'Klaes' (Haarlem, c. 1628 - there, 1676) was a Dutch painter and draughtsman. He produced landscapes, seascapes and genre paintings. He may have been a pupil of Salomon van Ruysdael. His work shows influences of Jan van Goyen and later also of Jacob van Ruisdael.
He is said to have been a brother of the painters Bartholomeus Molenaer and Jan Miense Molenaer. Other sources indicate that he was a nephew of the latter. He worked his entire life in Haarlem, where he became a member of the local St Luke's guild in 1651. His earliest work dates from 1644.
Molenaer was buried in the Grote or Sint-Bavo church on 31 December 1676.
The work on offer comes from a private collection and is in exceptionally good condition. The work has virtually no inscriptions or other damage, which, given the age of this work, can certainly be called special.
The painting is signed at the bottom left.
The panel has a matching frame of later date.
The painting shows a fine depiction of a village scene with a castle in the background and, in the foreground, a woman washing dishes and fishermen in a boat on the canal.
This beautiful work of art can of course be viewed by appointment at art dealer Art Dumay in Nuenen.