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Although there are no records of his travels to Italy, it seems most likely that Pynacker spent some time there between 1645 and 1648. There he developed a predilection for the Roman campagna, the setting for virtually all his compositions. The strong contre-jour effect is one of the striking elements of this work, silhouetting the standing shepherd and highlighting the fur of the goats. The way the light smoothly touches the red poppy in the centre attests to Adam Pynacker's great handling of colour. The painting belongs to the artist's early output and shows the influence of Pieter van Laer and consequently, Jan Both's so called "Bamboccianti-style".1
1.See Laurie B. Harwood, Adam Pynacker, Doornspijk 1988, p.25-26.
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