Landscape with Cattle

Jacob van Strij Dutch

Not on view

This impressive panel bears the signature of Aelbert Cuyp, and until recently was never doubted as his work. Cuyp's paintings were widely appreciated in the eighteenth century, and attracted a number of imitators. The most capable of them, Jacob van Strij, is very probably the author of this picture. Among the qualities that indicate an eighteenth-century painter are the impasto treatment of the clouds, the simplified highlights, the saturated greens and blues, and a tendency to render details as picturesque accents. Several motifs are repeated from paintings by Cuyp. The right background, for example, is derived from the so-called Salmon Fishing in the Mauritshuis, The Hague.

Landscape with Cattle, Jacob van Strij (Dutch, Dordrecht 1756–1815 Dordrecht), Oil on wood

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