Aelbert Cuyp (1620 - 1691), one of the foremost landscape painters
of the Dutch golden age, is particularly known for evocative representations
of the Dutch countryside drenched in an atmospheric golden light.
He also painted a number of biblical and mythological pictures as
well as an occasional portrait. An exceptional draftsman, he created
sensitive drawings of the countryside, many of which served as models
for his paintings. Quiet in atmosphere and grand in appearance,
Cuyps paintings and drawings had an enormous appeal for the
English aristocracy of the later eighteenth century and for American
collectors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The present show is the first international loan exhibition devoted
entirely to the work of this extraordinary artist.
to right: Aelbert Cuyp, The Valkhof
at Nijmegen from the Northwest, mid-1650s, 19 1/4 x 29 in., Indianapolis
Museum of Art