This painting was etched by Philippe Zilcken sometime before 1890. The subject and composition were a favourite of the artist, who was not seeking to depict particular sites. The main windmill has detail picked out in light browns, but the two further ones are quickly sketched in and appear as silhouettes. The thickly painted sky was done last, and brought round the buildings.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1837 - 1899
Full title
Three Windmills
Date made
1880
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
33.7 x 41.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by C. Frank Stoop to the Tate Gallery, 1928; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
NG4399
Location in Gallery