Hamlet in the Wood
Fueled by great pride in Holland’s hard-won independence following the Eighty Years’ War with Spain (1568–1648), Dutch painters painstakingly and lovingly represented their native region. The Amsterdam landscape painter Meindert Hobbema depicted the calm, flat countryside of the Dutch Republic at a time of great prosperity. Executed on an ambitious scale with a fluid touch, this painting features eight figures peacefully inhabiting a hamlet, or small settlement, in a wooded landscape under an expansive, clouded sky.
Oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 51 5/8 in. (97.2 x 131.1 cm)
frame: 50 x 63 x 5 in., 94 lb. (127 x 160 x 12.7 cm, 42.64kg) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "M. Hobbema"
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Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer
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Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638-1709). Hamlet in the Wood, 1660-1665. Oil on canvas, 38 1/4 x 51 5/8 in. (97.2 x 131.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Horace O. Havemeyer, 56.159 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.159.jpg)
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