Meindert Hobbema (1638 - 1709)
- A Stormy Landscape
- 1663 - 1665
- Oil on canvas
- Image size: 96.7 x 128 cm, maximum
Object size: 130.5 x 162 x 10 cm
- Signature: 'm.hobbema, / f …6[3or 5?]'
- Great Gallery
- Hobbema, a pupil of Jacob van Ruisdael, began painting his characteristic richly textured woodland views in around 1662. This painting is an excellent
example of this new phase in his art and may be dated to 1663 – 5. It demonstrates his delight in creating woodland vistas, varied with differing
tree forms and patches of light, opening onto illuminated clearings
with picturesque cottages. Even with the threat of an impending storm, his
vision of nature is cheerfully domestic, in contrast to the dramatic intensity of
his former master, Ruisdael. Described (perhaps fancifully) as Hobbema’s
reception piece for the Middelburg Academy by the French art dealer Le
Brun in the nineteenth century, it was understandably regarded as one of
Hobbema’s masterpieces by the art historian Hofstede de Groot.
The 4th Marquess of Hertford acquired the painting at the sale of Cardinal Fesch in Rome in 1845.