Woodland Road

Meyndert Hobbema Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 615

A heavily rutted road bisects the foreground of this painting, positioning us as travelers in a landscape and dividing the marshland on the left from a farmyard on the right. In the dense trees, daubs of many different colors of paint evoke light on foliage, while various figures—wayfarers, a dog, and a woman watching from the farmhouse door—add anecdotal interest to the scene.

Woodland Road, Meyndert Hobbema (Dutch, Amsterdam 1638–1709 Amsterdam), Oil on canvas

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