River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants (c.1658 – 1660) by Aelbert Cuyp

River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants - Aelbert Cuyp - c.1658 - 1660

Artwork Information

TitleRiver Landscape with Horseman and Peasants
ArtistAelbert Cuyp
Datec.1658 - 1660
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK
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About River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants

The artwork under discussion is “River Landscape with Horseman and Peasants” by Aelbert Cuyp, an eminent figure of the Baroque movement. Created approximately between the years 1658 and 1660, the artwork falls within the landscape genre. It currently resides in the National Gallery located in London, United Kingdom.

The painting exhibits a serene vista with a remarkable play of light, indicative of Cuyp’s talent for capturing the gentle luminosity of a setting sun. The composition is balanced with natural elements and human activity blending harmoniously. On the right, a horseman atop a pale steed pauses on a path lined with robust trees, seemingly engaged in a conversation with peasants. To the left, an individual engages in work near the riverbank, where livestock congregates, relishing the last warmth of daylight. The middle ground is occupied by a calm river that reflects the dissipating sunlight, leading the viewer’s gaze toward a distant town flanked by rolling hills and a soft sky that hints at the onset of dusk. The artwork’s tranquility is punctuated by the detailed rendering of foliage, animals, and human figures, all bathed in the golden hue that was characteristic of Cuyp’s landscapes, thus evoking a timeless pastoral elegance.

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