A Herdsman with Five Cows by a River

This painting is a mature work, probably of the mid-1650s, and shows how a traditional type of composition was transformed by the artist. The scene is illuminated from the left by the warmth of the sun which sparkles on the water, highlighting the reflections of the boats and the cattle.

Cuyp painted the subject of a group of cows standing in shallow water on a number of occasions.

Key facts

Artist dates
1620 - 1691
Full title
A Herdsman with Five Cows by a River
Date made
about 1650-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
45.4 x 74 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery