A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning
A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning, Château de Steen with Hunter or Het Steen is a landscape painting by Rubens, dating to around 1636. It measures 131.2 cm by 229.2 cm and is now in the National Gallery in London.
A rare example of a work painted for the artist's own pleasure rather than for a commission, it shows a view of the Het Steen estate near Antwerp, which he had acquired in 1635, set in an early-morning autumn landscape. He had initially intended a much smaller painting focussing on the house, using three small oak planks, probably spares from his studio – as the concept developed, seventeen more panels were added.
The painting features the first convincing depiction of a mackerel sky.