Tuesday 20 October 2015

Cuyp Cows

Born on this day in 1620 was Aelbert Cuyp, one of the great landscape painters of the Dutch Golden Age - and one of the most problematical for the experts. The biographical record is notably scant (and he seems to have given up painting, perhaps for religious reasons, while still at the height of his powers); he didn't date his pictures; and he was widely imitated, in his own time and long after. The scene above, bathed in a quite ravishing oblique golden light, shows him at his best. Only some cows standing by a river - but never so beautiful, so glorious...
Meanwhile, in another corner of the blogscape, I've written something about John Betjeman's Ghastly Good Taste.

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