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Rural Landscape with Figures, ca. 1658-1662

Artist: Meindert Hobbema, Dutch, 1638 - 1709

Medium: Oil on panel

Painting: 16 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (41.9 x 57.2 cm)
Frame: 25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in. (65.1 x 81 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss

Object Number: 59.1

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Clare Ford, London & Reydon Hall, Norfolk, England; Gen. Wm. Earle Bulwer, Wood Dalling, England; L. Breitmeyer, London; A private English collection; David B. Findlay Galleries, New York, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss, Memphis, Tennessee, 1959

Meindert Hobbema is considered one of the finest of the seventeenth-century Dutch masters of landscape painting.  His peaceful wooded scenes with their meticulous attention to leaves and blades of grass exerted great influence in the development of landscape painting throughout Europe during the next two-hundred years.  He was a student and friend of Jacob van Ruisdael, but his quiet, sun-dappled compositions, often based upon his observation of actual locations, differ greatly from Ruisdael's more dramatic clouds and skies.


Rural Landscape depicts a tranquil lake set in a forest of slender, feathery trees.  The three small figures the distant church spire in the painting refer to man and religion, but are typically subordinate to the grandeur of the natural setting.