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Aelbert Cuyp: 'A Landscape with Horseman, Herders and Cattle'

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The figures and animals in the foreground are silhouetted against a bright sunny sky. The panoramic vista that stretches before them is inspired by the landscape between Nijmegen and Cleves in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Cuyp had visited this area during his travels in the early 1650s.

This picture was probably painted in the later 1650s. There is a drawing for the sleeping boy on a signed sheet of studies (now Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet).

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