Farm Animals with a Boy and Herdswoman

Dujardin frequently painted placid rustic scenes with animals and peasants set in a landscape. Here the fall of light through the tree on to the backs of the animals is particularly striking. The young boy instructs the dog not to disturb his sleeping companion.

Dujardin was a pupil of Nicolaes Berchem but is here working in a style strongly influenced by that of Paulus Potter.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1626 - 1678
Full title
Farm Animals in the Shade of a Tree, with a Boy and a Sleeping Herdswoman
Date made
1656
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
34.6 x 39.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG826
Location in Gallery