Like the majority of his oeuvre, this delightful small landscape is probably based on or inspired by the landscape around Wijnant's town of birth, Haarlem. Even after leaving Haarlem for Amsterdam circa 1660 his work always bears the imprint of his early studies of the dunes and gently rolling landscape of his native town. Wijnants was less interested in accurate topographical studies than he was in the effects of sunlight on trees, foliage and dunes so that hardly any of the landscapes depicted can be identified. There are groups, however, which seem to include similar motifs: the lone, distant pointed hill in the present work recurs in a number of other small landscapes, for example the Hilly landscape with a rider in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.1
With this painting Wijnants appears to concentrate solely on nature itself. His interest in nature, and particularly in the shapes and effects produced by tree trunks and branches, living or fallen, probably stems from his study of the work of Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682). Another possibility is that the work is not quite finished; Adriaen van der Velde (1636-1672) is known for painting the staffage in works of several other painters, as he could have well done for this painting.
1.See K. Eisele, Jan Wijnants, Stuttgart 2000, p. 145, no. 124, reproduced fig. 124.
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