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Landscape with Cumulus Clouds
Andreas Schelfhout

In this rapidly painted, atmospheric sketch, the expansive landscape stretching to the distant horizon is dwarfed by a huge sky of white cumulus clouds. Schelfhout uses a range of whites and greys to give the clouds volume, and dabs of white paint to highlight the reflection of the sunlight on them. The lightness and economy of his brushwork gives the sketch a fresh feeling.

This work is related to a finished picture of a 'Landscape near Haarlem' of 1839 (London, Victoria and Albert Museum). Underdrawing for a different, mountainous landscape and squaring lines are visible in the foreground of the sketch, suggesting that it was painted over an earlier composition, perhaps abandoned by the artist.

Key facts
Artist Andreas Schelfhout
Artist dates 1787 - 1870
Full title Landscape with Cumulus Clouds, with View of Haarlem on the Horizon
Date made about 1839
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 24.5 × 29.3 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L811
Location in Gallery Not on display
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