Sometimes you run across something that just grabs you, and that happened
when I saw one of the paintings on facebook and decided I wanted to see more. Here
is a collection of some of his art.
Meindert Hobbema (bapt. October 31, 1638 – December
7, 1709), was a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter.
He worked in his native Amsterdam, where he was the friend and only documented
pupil of Jacob van Ruisdael. Some of his pictures are very like Ruisdael's,
but his range was more limited and he lacked the latter's power to capture
the majesty of nature. He painted a narrow range of favourite subjects — particularly
water-mills and trees around a pool — over and over again. In 1668
he became a wine gauger with the Amsterdam customs and excise, and thereafter
seems to have painted only in his spare time. However, his most famous
work, The Avenue at Middelharnis (National Gallery, London), dates from
1689. Hobbema has long been a popular artist in England (his influence
is clear in Gainsborough's early landscapes) and he is outstandingly well
represented in English collections.