The Cowherd

Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)

Date: 1636

Medium: Etching; third state of six (Mannocci)

Dimensions: Sheet: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (14 x 21 cm)
Plate: 5 1/8 x 7 7/8 in. (13 x 20 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1937

Accession Number: 37.3.14


The Cowherd is one of Claude’s most admired prints. Wielding the etching needle with great delicacy, he created lush, bucolic scene in a small format. The variety of nature can be felt in the dense band of trees on the opposite bank and the grasses and foliage in the foreground. The resting cowherd is silhouetted against a sunlit vista visible beyond the bend in the river.