Landscape with a Cottage

Pieter de Molijn Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 615

This duneland scene is characteristic of a major shift in Dutch landscape painting of the 1620s, as painters began to render modest scenes of local topography in a somber palette of browns, grays, and greens. Rather than enjoying a bird’s-eye perspective on the scene, the viewer is placed low to the ground in an area of heavy shadow. Such paintings embraced the specific qualities of the Dutch landscape at a time of increasing national pride and an ongoing struggle for independence from Spanish rule.

Landscape with a Cottage, Pieter de Molijn (Dutch, London 1595–1661 Haarlem), Oil on wood

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