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The dune landscape suggests Wijnants's native Haarlem countryside. However, the distant hills and warm light hint at southern climes, and reflect the influence of artists who had – unlike Wijnants himself – visited Italy. In the foreground is his favourite motif of a fallen tree-trunk. This is primarily a pictorial device to lead the viewer's eye into the middle distance. But, together with the prominent dock plant, symbol of eternal life, it may also symbolize the perpetual cycle of nature.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Date

c.1660–1665

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 73.3 x W 98.7 cm

Accession number

566

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Jane Graham-Gilbert, 1877

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

signed/dated


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