European Art, 1625-1825

Willard-Newell Gallery

Important works by Hendrick Ter Brugghen, Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Meindert Hobbema and Sir Thomas Lawrence are highlights of the AMAM ’s collection of 17th- and 18th-century paintings. The gallery displaying works by these artists and other masters of religious, mythological, landscape and portrait subjects also includes Meindert Hobbema's A Pond in the Forest, a prized part of the AMAM's excellent collection of northern baroque painting. Hobbema made a specialty of wooded landscapes inspired by the eastern part of Holland. In this painting, he focuses attention on pure landscape forms with little evidence of enduring human presence, despite the small figures he includes. A sluice to the left is a reminder of the water systems that served mills throughout the countryside, but the viewer's attention is caught by the dynamic interaction between the silhouetted trees, the cloudy sky and the sense of deep spatial recession in the land itself.

Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638-1709)
A Pond in the Forest, 1668
Oil on oak panel
Bequest of Mrs. F.F. Prentiss