Resting Peasants with Their Cattle

Nicolaes Berchem Dutch

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Nicolaes Berchem was one of the important Dutch Italianate painters and certainly the most successful and prolific. He traveled to Rome around 1645 and his work thereafter was strongly influenced by his experience of the Italian light, landscape, and the peasant types that he saw there. This lively red chalk sheet, sketched with brio, was most likely created as a sketch for a painting. It features the sort of pastoral figures that often appear in his paintings - a woman on horseback leaning over, a man seated sideways on the ground as well as cows, goats and a dog.

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