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Meindert Hobbema: 'A Road winding past Cottages'

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The composition of this picture is characteristic of Hobbema's landscapes: a forest scene with a view towards a clearing in the middle distance illuminated by strong sunlight, a picturesque farm building and prominent figures. It was probably painted at about the same time as Hobbema's 'Woody Landscape with a Lady and a Gentleman on Horseback' of 1667 (Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum) and 'Woody Landscape with Travellers and Beggars' of 1668 (London, Royal Collection).

Hobbema was a pupil in Amsterdam of the leading landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael, whose work is also represented in the National Gallery's Collection.

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