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Aelbert Cuyp: 'A Hilly Landscape with Figures'

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This scene is inspired by the landscape along the lower Rhine. Cuyp used the warm Italian sunlight he had adopted from his colleagues who specialised in Italianate landscapes.

It is an important work of Cuyp's maturity and was probably painted around 1655-60. Weaknesses in the drawing of, for example, the shepherdess, are entirely consistent with Cuyp's style at that period.

This painting was in the Angerstein collection which formed the basis of the National Gallery when it opened in 1824.

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