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Watermill - Meindert Hobbem. 59.5x84.5
In the 17th century, along with Rembrandt, Jacob van Rijsdal dominated Dutch landscape painting. Of the Amsterdam students of Reisdahl, Meyndert Hobbem (Hobbem) gained almost more fame than the teacher.
Meyndert Hobbema (1638-1709) - the last of the great Dutch landscape painters of the XVII century. Hobbem's paintings are simple, natural and thorough in execution. The artist is attracted by trees, a dense forest, views of villages, a church bell tower, lost in the haze on the horizon, an average plan illuminated by sunlight. Often the main motive in such landscapes is old mill.
Many variations of the master on this subject are stored in various museums around the world, this picture is one of them. With the mill in the minds of man, in any case, European culture, there are many ideas and ideas that always emotionally color our perception of it, both in reality and in art. The idea of solitude colored by romantic experiences is traditionally associated with her. Infinitely pouring water is associated with the thought of the immutability of being, a spinning wheel - the main mechanism of the mill - through the allusion to the "Wheel of Fortune" introduces the idea of the reversal of fate into the circle of images that are being born.