Landscape with a Watermill
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The painting depicts a watermill near a small river with fishermen and a dog, a popular motif among Dutch landscape painters. Careful chiaroscuro modelling adds realism to the image, while active plastics of clouds reveal hidden drama. The landscape composition follows the widespread scheme typical of Dutch landscape painting in the 1640s and 1680s. According to it, the elements were grouped around the main central elements, such as watermills, groups of trees, hills, farmhouses, or huts. Meindert Gobbema is known for idealising landscapes to recreate the balance of life in nature.