HOBBEMA, Meyndert
(b. 1638, Amsterdam, d. 1709, Amsterdam)

A Watermill

c. 1666
Oil on panel, 61 x 85 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

At the beginning of the 1660s, Hobbema and his teacher, Jacob van Ruisdael went o a study trip together through the provinces of Gelderland and Twenthe, where there were many watermills. It was on that journey that they must have studied the unidentified watermill in the two pictures now in the Rijksmuseum, for there are several drawings of it by both artists, which they used as the basis for paintings back in their Amsterdam studios. The two views are of one and the same watermill.

Meindert Hobbema produced more than 30 paintings of watermills, more than any other Dutch painter.