Skip to main content
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.

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

Download an 800px wide, 72dpi copy of this image.

License this image

License and download a high resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Yes, I'd like to donate
Or
Download low resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo