A Wooded Landscape with Travelers on a Path through a Hamlet

Object Details

Title:

A Wooded Landscape with Travelers on a Path through a Hamlet

Artist/Maker(s):

Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638 - 1709)

and Abraham Storck (Dutch, 1644 - 1708)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1665

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

97.5 x 130.8 cm (38 3/8 x 51 1/2 in.)

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A close look at this wooded landscape reveals two paths--one bathed in sunlight on the left, and one elevated and overcast in shadow on the right--occupied by a wide assortment of figures. Playful dogs, lumbering farm animals, and travelers on foot and horseback all crowd the meandering roads, lined with rosy brick cottages and gray wood barns. Powerful oak trees dominate the composition, casting the foreground into shadow, while a sun-drenched clearing in the distance draws the viewer into the scene.

In addition to the winding roads and animated figures, artist Meindert Hobbema, used thick applications of paint in combination with thin delineating brushstrokes to create a sense of energy and motion throughout the landscape. The lively, inventive view of nature and brooding palette of deep browns and grays in this painting are characteristic of Hobbema's landscapes; however, few of them are as cleverly organized and grandly executed as this wooded view.

Provenance
by mid-1770s - 1792

John Stuart, third earl of Bute, 1713 - 1792 (Luton Park, Bedfordshire, England), by inheritance within the Stuart family.

1792 - 1814

John Stuart, first marquess of Bute and fourth earl of Bute, 1744 - 1814

1814 - 1848

John Crichton-Stuart, second marquess of Bute and seventh earl of Dumfries, K.T., 1793 - 1848

1848 - 1900

John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, third marquess of Bute, K.T., 1847 - 1900

1900 - 1947

John Crichton-Stuart, fourth marquess of Bute, K.T., 1883 - 1947 (15 Mansfield St., London)

1947 - 1956

John Crichton-Stuart, fifth marquess of Bute, K.T., 1907 - 1956

1956 - 1993

John Crichton-Stuart, sixth marquess of Bute, K.B.E., 1933 - 1993, upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1993 - 1994

Estate of John Crichton-Stuart, sixth marquess of Bute, K.B.E., 1933 - 1993, sold by private treaty sale to Christie's, London, 1994.

1994 - 2001

Christie's (London) (London, England) [sold, Christie's, London, July 11, 2001, lot 37, to Richard Green Gallery]

2001 - 2002

Richard Green Gallery (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002.

Exhibitions
Exhibition of the Works of Ancient Masters, 1847 (1847) (Cat. 60)
  • British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom, (London), 1847
Exhibition of the Work of Ancient Masters (1854) (Cat. 43)
  • British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom, (London), 1854
Exhibition of the Works of the Old Masters (1870) (Cat. 19)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1870
Pictures Lent for Exhibition by the Marquis of Bute, K.T., Bethnal Green (1883) (Cat. 213)
  • Bethnal Green Branch Museum, (London), 1883
Pictures Lent for Exhibition by the Marquess of Bute, K.T. (1884) (Cat. 80)
Pictures Lent for Exhibition by the Marquess of Bute, K.T. (1885) (Cat. 105)
  • Queens Park Art Gallery, (Manchester), 1885
  • City Art Gallery (Manchester), 1885
Dutch and Flemish Pictures from Scottish Collections (November 8 to December 8, 1978) (Cat. 33)
  • Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., (London), November 8 to December 8, 1978
Sensation and Sensibility: Viewing Gainsborough's Cottage Door (October 6, 2005 to May 14, 2006) (Cat. 33)
  • Huntington Art Collections, (San Marino), February 11 to May 14, 2006
Bibliography

Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, Based on the Work of John Smith. 8 vols. Edward G. Hawke, ed. and trans. (London: Macmillan and Co., 1908-27), vol. 4 (1912), pp. 400-401, no. 137.

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