Landscape with Cattle

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Aelbert Cuyp was one of the greatest landscape painters of the seventeenth century. Here he captures the serene beauty of the Dutch countryside, in which a small group of cows and sheep rest. The pale, golden light of the low sun casts a gentle glow over the landscape, throwing the rocks, weeds and twigs of the foreground into shadow. Over the foreground ridge, a distant town is silhouetted in the hazy, diffused light.

Cuyp painted many such landscapes with cattle, in which resting livestock appear as a timeless part of the landscape. These scenes appealed to the patriotism of Cuyp’s wealthy patrons. Agriculture was enormously important to the economic prosperity of the newly founded Dutch Republic, and cows became a symbol of that prosperity.

English Heritage, Kenwood



Landscape with Cattle




oil on canvas


H 66.5 x W 81.5 cm

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Acquisition method

on long-term loan from the Schorr Collection

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Signature/marks description

Signed lower right: A. Cuijp.


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