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A Herd of Cows with a Herdsman and a Rider, c. 1665-1670

Aelbert Cuyp
Dutch, 1620 - 1691
oil on oak
90 x 120 cm
Purchased 1978 with the assistance of a grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23005)

Born into a family of painters in Dordrecht, Cuyp was influenced first by the simplified and often monochromatic palette of Jan van Goyen, and later by the Italianate landscapes of Jan Both. Here, with one of his favourite subjects, herdsmen and cattle, Cuyp carries a golden haze of sunlight over the figures in a wonderful play of light and shadow.




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