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Dirck Van Delen - A scene of gallantry in a palace
David Teniers the Younger - Smokers
Jan Steen - The Little Alms Collector
 Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain - Landscape with the Port of Santa Marinella
Petrus Paulus Rubens - The Abduction of Proserpina
Adriaen Van Ostade - The Analysis
Jacob Jordaens - Diana Resting
 Rembrandt - Self-portrait in Oriental Attire
Meindert Hobbema - The Water Mills
Nicolas de Largillierre - Red-legged partridge in a niche
Henri Mauperché - Composite Landscape
Frans Van Mieris, known as Mieris the Elder - The interrupted song
Nicolas Poussin - The Massacre of the Innocents
Abraham de Vries - Portrait of a man

The Water Mills

Amsterdam, 1638 - Amsterdam, 1709
Circa 1664-1668
Oil on canvas
77 x 111 cm

Along with his master Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/1629 - 1682), Hobbema  was one of the main ambassadors of Dutch landscape painting in the 17th century, which ushered in a real revolution in the way nature was represented.

The Dutch looked at nature in a new way, without neglecting its most humble aspects, and the human figure, absent or depicted in everyday life, blends in totally with the landscape.

The water mill motif, in which some saw an evocation of human destiny and a representation of the ingenuity that humankind showed in the 17th century, featured prominently in Dutch painting during this time. Hobbema practically made it his speciality.

The painting at the Petit Palais, which dates from the artist’s period of maturity between 1664 and 1668, was very famous in the 19th century, often being used as a reference to the paintings of this series.

The whole composition is very open and is focussed on the mill, with its red roof standing ut against the blue sky dotted with white clouds.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PDUT00905
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 20
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