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Willem Buytewech the Younger, A Dune Landscape

Key facts
Full title A Dune Landscape
Artist Willem Buytewech the Younger
Artist dates 1625 - 1670
Date made probably 1660-70
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 25.7 × 34.2 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1910
Inventory number NG2731
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A Dune Landscape
Willem Buytewech the Younger

Very little is known about Willem Buytewech the Younger and very few of his paintings survive. He was born in Rotterdam, where he was apparently active as a landscape and figure painter. In this picture – which strongly recalls the dune landscapes of Jan Wijnants – he combines both.

A man in a gold-coloured coat sits on a fallen tree. There are sheep and goats on the rise ahead of him. Further ahead, almost lost in the stunted trees, are two small houses; beyond them, beneath a broken sky, the lonely dunes stretch away towards the sea.

The man’s dog looks up at him and a grey horse waits patiently for him to resume his journey. But the horse has a heavy collar and no stirrups; perhaps it has been harnessed to a cart or wagon. On one side of the central group is a large, broken wheel – perhaps telling part of the story, but the rest of the vehicle is nowhere to be seen.

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