A View of Vianen with a Herdsman and Cattle by a River

A work made of oil on panel.
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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1643/45

Artist:

Aelbert Cuyp
Dutch, 1621–1691

About this artwork

In this picture, Aelbert Cuyp experimented with the depiction of dramatic atmospheric effects, silhouetting the standing cow and herdsman at the brightest point of the horizon in order to intensify the viewer’s sense of the depth and movement of the stormy sky. Cuyp specialized in pastoral subjects and views of the waterways of the Netherlands. His later paintings display a brilliant, golden light that reflects a taste for Italian landscape subjects. In this relatively early painting, he used a warm, monochrome color palette that was influenced by the work of Jan van Goyen (1596–1656), a prolific Dutch landscape painter.

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European Painting and Sculpture

Artist

Aelbert Cuyp

Title

A View of Vianen with a Herdsman and Cattle by a River

Origin

Dordrecht

Date

1640–1648

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed, lower left: A:cüyp

Dimensions

15 3/4 × 21 5/8 in. (40 × 55 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Fund

Reference Number

2003.169

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