Young Herdsmen with Cows

Aelbert Cuyp Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 615

Sun-streaked clouds scudding across the sky dominate this placid landscape, a classic example of the luminous style that made Cuyp a beloved artist among eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collectors. Based on studies made in nature, the painting is nonetheless a studio confection. Resting livestock and agrarian laborers appear as timeless parts of the landscape in a reassuring vision for the landowning collectors able to display such a monumental scene.

Young Herdsmen with Cows, Aelbert Cuyp (Dutch, Dordrecht 1620–1691 Dordrecht), Oil on canvas

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