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Cattle and resting herdsman in an Italianate landscape with water in the foreground, forest in the middle ground and mountains in the distance. Van de Velde is thought to have made studies of figures and livestock from life which may have been used in this painting for the cattle that form the focus of the composition. The Italianate motifs are derived from other artists such as Claes Berchem, who influenced van de Velde in his treatment of figures, landscapes and, above all, animals.
oil on panel
H 30.5 x W 38 cm
bequeathed as part of the Torrie Collection, 1836