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Gaspard Dughet, Landscape with a Shepherd and his Flock

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Full title Landscape with a Shepherd and his Flock
Artist Gaspard Dughet
Artist dates 1615 - 1675
Date made about 1670
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 48.6 × 65.3 cm
Acquisition credit Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number NG68
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Landscape with a Shepherd and his Flock
Gaspard Dughet

A shepherd boy leads a flock of sheep along a country track between two dark banks of trees. Other figures sit in the shadows at the side of the lane. The strongly lit country path contrasts with the darkly massed trees, guiding our eye towards a light, hazy, distant hillside. Dughet has also used the figures and animals to lead us through the landscape.

The artist was one of a number of French painters in seventeenth-century Rome who painted landscape for its own sake, without including a subject from the Bible or classical mythology. In the nineteenth century, it was thought that this landscape was somewhere south-east of Rome, near Lake Albano, where Dughet made sketches. He painted the trees and foliage in intricate detail: different species are conveyed through varying green and brown tones, and the trees subtly merge into one another with lighter coloured brushstrokes overlapping darker ones.

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