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Peasants and Cattle by the River Merwede

Aelbert Cuypc. 1658 - 1660

Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis

Two cowherds and their cattle stand in the low sunlight by the river Merwede. A horseman has just passed by. In the distance, we can see the ruins of Huis te Merwede, a little outside the city of Dordrecht.

Cuyp specialised in this sort of landscape with animals bathed in a warm glow. This lighting effect was the trademark of artists who painted Italianate landscapes. Cuyp adopted their technique in his landscapes, which are otherwise unmistakeably Dutch.

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  • Title: Peasants and Cattle by the River Merwede
  • Creator: Cuyp, Aelbert
  • Date Created: c. 1658 - 1660
  • Provenance: On loan from the National Gallery, London, since 2007
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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