Dutch School Old Master pastoral landscape oil painting


This beautiful painting portrays an idyllic pastoral landscape, the low light raking the scene and lending its inhabitants, particularly the cows, a sculptural quality.


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This oil on panel painting, held within an ornate giltwood frame, depicts a countryside landscape. The painting, Dutch and likely from the 18th Century, takes as its subject a form of landscape present in much Dutch art of the preceding century. The pastoralist mode in which the landscape is composed is Italianate, executed in the manner of artists like Nicolaes Berchem and Jan Hackaert—the painting was previously sold as a work by Hackaert, as evidenced by the sticker on the reverse of the panel.

Two figures sit in the lee of a tree, the darkened silhouette of the tree serving as a repoussoir, emphasising the depth of the landscape. Behind the tree, a flock of sheep rests, while beside the tree two cows sit and stand beside and in a shallow pool of water. In the distance, through the haze of late afternoon, can be seen the skyline of a typical Dutch town, its church steeples being the preeminent elements of its profile. The colour palette is soft, the tonality a product of the low and raking light that bathes the scene.

Frame: Height 51cm, width 60cm, depth 6cm
Panel: Height 30cm, width 41cm


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
18th Century
18th Century and Earlier
Landscape, Old Master
Giltwood, Oil on Panel
Gold, Multi-coloured


51 cm / 20.1 inches
60 cm / 23.6 inches
6 cm / 2.4 inches


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