Though he is usually considered the greatest Dutch landscape painter after his friend and colleague Jacob van Ruisdael, the facts of Meyndert Hobbemas life remain somewhat obscure and contradictory. Though he was apparently baptized Oct. 31, 1638, some of the works attributed to him are dated as early as 1650. We do know he was married in 1668, with Jacob van Ruisdael as a witness. As a master of detail, Hobbemas subtle treatment of light and tonality provide a surprising richness to seemingly prosaic forest scenes like this one. Along with Van Ruisdael, he is considered the final and greatest...
Created by: Hobbema, Meyndert
In this work, Kelly combines four of his recurring subjects, icons of the Deep South river culture that were rapidly passing from the scene. His intent was to create a record of their passing as well as render an image of their haunting beauty even in decay. One critic explained that a neo-Romantic artist like Kelly, "paints a ruined house, not because it is ruined but because it was once whole; a decaying mansion, not because it is decaying but because it symbolizes a past for which he has a nostalgia . . ."
Created by: Kelly, Felix