VELDE, Adriaen van de
(b. 1636, Amsterdam, d. 1672, Amsterdam)

Pastoral Landscape with Sheep and Peasants

Oil on panel, 20 x 17 cm
Private collection

The focus on the accurate depiction of animals is a recurring theme throughout van de Velde's career. According to the biographer Arnold Houbraken, van de Velde went 'into the field' daily to draw animals and landscapes; the results of such meticulous study are clearly evident in paintings such as the present work.