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A Dune Landscape
Willem Buytewech the Younger
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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.

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