Kicking Horse

Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch (active Dordrecht), 1620 - 1691

c. 1645-1650

Oil on panel

25 7/8 x 36 3/16 inches (65.7 x 91.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 258, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 622

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The landscape in this painting is based on a study from nature, a view of the Dutch town of Dordrecht seen across an inlet of the Maas River. In stark contrast to the naturalism of the background, the kicking horse in the foreground is based not on a life study but on a bronze cast made by Kaspar Gras in 1630.

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