Peasant Girl Milking a Cow
  • TitlePeasant Girl Milking a Cow
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 66 x 59 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 81 x 75 x 6 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1657 - 1659
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Karel Dujardin, Dutch, born 1626, dead 1678
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 485
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1865 Kongl. Museum
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1662 17th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    A peasant girl kneels while milking a cow, the soles of her dirty feet turned towards the viewer. At her side is a shepherd boy leaning on his staff. The motif had a long tradition in Netherlandish art and its erotic subtext was well known. Yet, the refined naturalism of Dujardin's picture, its subdued atmosphere and sensitive rendering of space and light, seems closer to the idyllic landscapes of the pastoral.