This is an early work which shows van de Velde working in the style of Paulus Potter.

Bathed in a warm afternoon light, the farmyard scene conveys a sense of peace and tranquility. The only activity is the conversation between the farmer and the milkmaid. The viewer's eye, however, is drawn to the finely painted dead tree which is dramatically silhouetted against the blue sky.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1636 - 1672
Full title
A Farm with a Dead Tree
Date made
1658
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
54.2 x 62.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG867
Location in Gallery