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Meindert Hobbema: 'A Woody Landscape with a Cottage'

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This is one of Hobbema's favourite compositions. Three other versions with slight differences are known (Washington, National Gallery of Art; The Hague, Mauritshuis; formerly England, Robarts collection). Hobbema's composition shows a domestic landscape of trees, houses and villagers. The narrow path leads to a clearing illuminated by strong sunlight. There are picturesque farm buildings and prominently placed figures.

At about this date Hobbema was developing his style away from that of his teacher Ruisdael. His landscapes became increasingly decorative both in colour and composition.

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