Here, Hobbema has painted a summery, wooded landscape, with a farm on the left and a sandy path on the right that extends past a little pool and into the distance. The figures also lead us deeper into the picture, from the hunter and his dogs in the foreground to the children sailing a boat on the water.
Hobbema was the only pupil of Jacob van Ruisdael. His paintings stand out for their lively brushstrokes and multiple shades of colour. For example, he painted the trees on the right in dozens of shades of green and brown.
Acquired with the support of the Dutch State, Hans Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the Rembrandt Association and the Algemene Loterij Nederland, 1994
Jean-Etienne Fizeaux, Amsterdam; his widow, Marie-Anne Massé, Amsterdam, 1780-1794; Henry Welbore Ellis Agar, 2nd Viscount Clifden, London, 1805; Robert, 2nd Earl of Grosvenor, London, 1806; by descent to Hugh, 3rd Marquess of Westminster and Hugh, 2nd Duke of Westminster, Eaton Hall; Lady Mary Grosvenor, Chester; her sale, London, Sotheby’s, 6 July 1966, lot 75; Edward Speelman Gallery, London; sale London, Sotheby’s, 24 June 1970, lot 20; William Darby; Collection of the British Rail Pension Fund; their sale, London, Sotheby’s, 7 December 1994, lot 25; purchased with the support of the Dutch State, Hans Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the Rembrandt Association and the Algemene Loterij Nederland, 1994