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Like many of Adriaen van de Velde’s paintings, this is a quiet picture. The conversation between the milkmaid and the man with the basket seems amicable, with nothing to disturb the rhythmic swish of the milk into the pail. A pig hauls itself up on its haunches, looking as if it will roll over and snooze again in the spring sunshine. The skeleton of the dead oak tree stands out starkly against the sky, but the clouds are soft and fluffy, moving slowly.
Oil on canvas
H 54.2 x W 62.5 cm