• Dairy Maid

    Artist:
    Cuyp (Kuip), Aelbert (Aelbrecht). 1620-1691
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    106х174 cm

Cuyp (Kuip), Aelbert (Aelbrecht). 1620-1691

Dairy Maid

Holland, circa 1647

Aelbert Cuijp turned his hand to a great variety of genres. He produced works on biblical, mythological and historical themes, still lifes and portraits that showed the undoubted influence of Rembrandt. However, it was his landscapes that brought the artist fame. He also often depicted animals and had a strong reputation in that field too. This painting is called Dairy Maid, but the main protagonists in it are two cows, one red, the other piebald. They occupy the whole of the foreground and are presented in a quite monumental manner. For the inhabitants of Holland agriculture was always an important activity. Dairy farming, cheese-making and meat-production were regarded as socially worthy activities, no less important than military service or seafaring. The painting is full of movement. The young woman seems to have turned to the viewer for an instant, distracted from her work by something. The animal’s tail, which was just beating its flanks to drive off gadflies, has stopped and it seems that the cows’ mighty jaws are about to start chewing. At the edge of the canvas the stems of wild plants coil and intertwine. Further back a great cart loaded with hay is on the point of pulling off, carrying the huge stack away. The wind is driving clouds across the high bright sky. Imagination helps to complete the impression of a hot summer’s day: smell the hot earth and listen to the chirping of grasshoppers and the jets of milk squirting into the pail.

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Dairy Maid

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oil

Dimensions:

106х174 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage before 1797 from the Catherine the Great collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-828

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