About this artwork

This is an outstanding example of Hobbema’s wooded landscapes, in which the artist specialised. These works appear to be based on real places, but were carefully composed from his imagination. The shaded foreground opens out to a brightly lit middle distance, and from there the rutted paths lead to the far horizon. The scene is enlivened by the group of figures. This type of subject proved very popular with British collectors during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

  • title: Wooded Landscape
  • accession number: NG 2377
  • artist: Meindert HobbemaDutch (1638 - 1709)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Woodland
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1662 - 1663
  • measurements: 93.70 x 130.80 cm (framed: 169.23 x 136.53 x 20.32 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund and the National Heritage Purchase Grant (Scotland) 1979
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Meindert Hobbema

Meindert Hobbema

Hobbema’s wooded landscapes exerted a considerable influence on British landscape painting of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He trained with the famous landscape painter, Jacob van Ruisdael. Hobbema's early work reflects the paintings of Ruisdael’s uncle, Salomon van Ruysdael, as well. Hobbema introduced a spaciousness and lighter tonality in his mature landscapes. After his marriage in 1668, he became a wine-gauger for the Amsterdam customs and seems to have painted less, although one of his most famous pictures, 'The Avenue at Middelharnis' (National Gallery, London), is a late work.