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Kicking Horse

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

Made in Netherlands, Europe

c. 1645-1650

Oil on panel

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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.