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Adriaen van de Velde’s tranquil views made him one of the most successful Dutch landscape artists of his time. In this picture, the low horizon and high viewpoint give the impression of a vast distance ending in a range of low, misty hills.
The wide sky and dramatic cloud formation help to emphasise this sense of distance, while the shifting clouds allow the sun to illuminate the different areas, making the eye dart from one to the other to discover each small vignette and the story it tells.
Oil on canvas
H 32.3 x W 35.4 cm
Salting Bequest, 1910