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A Landscape with a Farm by a Stream
Adriaen van de Velde
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Adriaen van de Velde’s tranquil views made him one of the most successful Dutch landscape artists of his time. In this picture, the low horizon and high viewpoint give the impression of a vast distance ending in a range of low, misty hills.

These hills are, like the rest of the scene, entirely imaginary. The river winds its way – seemingly from beneath our feet – in a hairpin curve past the cow with its calf, leading us towards the farm building and away behind the screen of trees on the right.

The wide sky and dramatic cloud formation help to emphasise this sense of distance, while the shifting clouds allow the sun to illuminate the different areas, making the eye dart from one to the other to discover each small vignette and the story it tells.

Key facts
Artist Adriaen van de Velde
Artist dates 1636 - 1672
Full title A Landscape with a Farm by a Stream
Date made 1661
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 32.3 x 35.4 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2572
Location in Gallery Not on display
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