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A Landscape with a Dead Tree, and a Peasant driving Oxen and Sheep along a Road

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Jan Wijnants was from Haarlem, which lies in the narrow corridor of land between Amsterdam and the sea. He specialised in depicting the landscapes around the town, which were formed largely of sand blown inland from the North Sea beaches and into a series of sometimes spectacularly high dunes. So while this might look like a rocky landscape with a range of hills or mountains that catch the sunlight on the horizon, they are, in fact, ancient sand hills, now overgrown.

The National Gallery, London





Oil on canvas


H 80 x W 99.4 cm

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Bought, 1871

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