Amsterdam 1638 - 1709 Amsterdam
Signed MH 1659 (bottom right)
Panel 54.5 x 71 cm
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague
Hobbema based his compositions on a triangle. Trees whose crowns lean towards each other form a pyramid supported on either side by a sandy road or woodland path. At the centre of the triangle is an open space offering a view onto sun-drenched line of dunes, a farmstead or a watermill. This approach enabled Hobbema to give an otherwise static landscape depth and movement. This work dates from the earliest years of Hobbema’s career as an artist. By then he had finished his apprenticeship with Jacob van Ruisdael. Unlike his mentor, Hobbema liked to give his compositions a sense of space. Clumps of trees are alternated with low-lying elements such as watermills, farmhouses, ruins and ponds. Within this theme he achieved a remarkable degree of variation.