Hobbema is the only known pupil of Jacob van Ruisdael. Less dramatic than Ruisdael's compositions, Hobbema's are lighter and more cheerful. He produced over thirty views of watermills, all based on drawings done in the eastern part of Holland. He used the motif of this mill several times, with its downward rush of water highlighted by rays of sun.
A. van der Hoop Bequest, 1854. On loan from the City of Amsterdam, 1885.


  • Title: A Watermill
  • Creator: Meindert Hobbema
  • Creator Death Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Creator Birth Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Date Created: 1662 - 1668
  • Style: Northern Netherlands School
  • Provenance: On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest), since 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: w855 x h620 mm
  • Original Title: Een watermolen
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: See more on the Rijksmuseum website
  • Medium: oil on panel

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