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River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants
Aelbert Cuyp
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Clear, soft light illuminates a peaceful landscape, giving a sense that everything is in its place and all’s well with the world. But the rider’s attention is caught by a young lad who seems to point anxiously towards something likely to disturb the tranquillity. Crouched in the bushes on the left, a man aims his gun at the birds on the river.

Cuyp was probably the most important of the Dutch landscape artists who drew on the experience and style of other Dutch painters who had lived and worked in Rome for several years, admiring their images of pastoral idylls bathed in golden light. When this painting arrived in Britain in 1764 it was highly praised, causing an upsurge of enthusiasm for Cuyp’s work, and many of his most important pictures were brought into the country.

Key facts
Artist Aelbert Cuyp
Artist dates 1620 - 1691
Full title River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants
Date made about 1658-60
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 123 x 241 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1989
Inventory number NG6522
Location in Gallery Room 19
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