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Typical of Hobbema’s mature woodland views is the screen of back-lit trees on the right contrasted with the open sunny vista on the left. The picture demonstrates Hobbema’s inventiveness in the re-use and transformation of landscape formulae and motifs. The left half of the composition, with an unidentified ruin, recurs in several paintings and a drawing. One of these has been attributed to Ruisdael and may indicate an early source for Hobbema’s motif.
oil on oak panel
60.3 x 84.4 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1868; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897