This composition is characteristic of Hobbema's approach to landscape painting: a forest scene with a view towards a clearing in the middle distance, illuminated by strong sunlight, and a picturesque farm building in the middle ground.

Another version of this composition (Zurich, Kunsthaus, Ruzicka collection), is dated 1665; the National Gallery's picture was probably painted shortly before.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1638 - 1709
Full title
A Woody Landscape
Date made
about 1665
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
60.4 x 84.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1862
Inventory number
NG685
Location in Gallery