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Eye Candy for Today: Meindert Hobbema watermill

A Watermill, Meindert Hobbema
A Watermill, Meindert Hobbema

In the Rijksmuseum.

The wonderful 17th century Dutch landscape painter Meindert Hobbema — who studied with Jacob van Ruisdael — gives us an idyllic view of a watermill, set amid trees and reeds bent in a breeze, perhaps in anticipation of a coming storm.

Hobbema had a masterful touch with foliage, and I love the way he’s created the textural masses of the trees here with loose, gestural paint marks. Seen in close-up, the entire painting is remarkably fresh and painterly.