Two Cows and a Sheep

Adriaen van de Velde (1636 – Amsterdam – 1672 – Amsterdam), Two Cows and a Sheep, etching, c. 1657-9. Reference: Hollstein 4. In good condition, on old laid paper, a soft horizontal fold, trimmed on the borderline and window mounted, 4 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches.

A very good impression.

Adriaen van de Velde, the son of Willem van de Velde the 1st, was apparently not interested in pursuing marine paintings which were the specialty of his brother and father, and so was sent to Haarlem to learn landscape painting. And he did indeed specialize in landscapes, particularly pastures and cattle.  Although his teacher was Jan Wisjnants, his work reflects the subject matter of Paulus Potter and Karel Dujardin. But his style is his own.