Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Distant View of Dordrecht

Aelbert Cuyp was born in Dordrecht, South Holland, lived, and died there. Many other of his pictures depict scenes of this town that he would have seen on a regular basis. Some of the features depicted in the background are actually found in other paintings of his town. The cows in this picture draw most of the focus and appear statuesque in their resting and standing position, but the kindness of the milkmaid is evidenced in their placid manner and her hardworking air. 

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