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.
- Aelbert Cuyp
- A View of Vianen with a Herdsman and Cattle by a River
- Oil on panel
- Inscribed, lower left: A:cüyp
- 15 3/4 × 21 5/8 in. (40 × 55 cm)
- Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Fund