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Jan Wijnants, Peasants driving Cattle and Sheep

Key facts
Full title Peasants driving Cattle and Sheep by a Sandhill, and Two Sportsmen with Dogs
Artist Jan Wijnants
Artist dates active 1643; died 1684
Date made probably 1665-70
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 28.6 × 38.1 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1871
Inventory number NG884
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Peasants driving Cattle and Sheep
Jan Wijnants

Jan Wijnants specialised in pictures that depicted figures moving through this particular type of rural landscape. As far was we can tell, they weren’t usually a real view, but were composed to give a pleasing effect and an impression of the countryside around the town of Haarlem, where Wijnants lived and worked.

This hinterland, a place of ancient sand hills overgrown with scrub and woodland, was just a couple of miles inland from the beaches of the North Sea coast, and the huge dune which dominates the right-hand side of the painting is typical of the area. The figures and animals have an important function in the painting: the way they are staggered along the winding track helps lead the eye into the middle ground, and their diminishing size enhances the impression of distance and depth. Above them a huge sky fills the painting with a sense of light and space.

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