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A Country Gathering by a Bridge

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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The dune landscape suggests Wijnants's native Haarlem countryside. However, the distant hills and warm light hint at southern climes, and reflect the influence of artists who had – unlike Wijnants himself – visited Italy. In the foreground is his favourite motif of a fallen tree-trunk. This is primarily a pictorial device to lead the viewer's eye into the middle distance. But, together with the prominent dock plant, symbol of eternal life, it may also symbolize the perpetual cycle of nature.

Wijnants's paintings sold cheaply and he also ran an inn to try to supplement his income. The figures in his paintings are usually the work of a collaborator, in this case probably Jan Lingelbach.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum




oil on canvas


H 73.3 x W 98.7 cm

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bequeathed by Jane Graham-Gilbert, 1877

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