The two large trees and the hills in the background dominate the entire composition. Skillfully hidden behind the trees, the sun casts its light, and the swaying branches suggest a strong wind. A muddy track begins in the foreground between the two trees, veers to the right, and runs alongside a body of water. Along this track, there are human figures riding mules and carrying various goods. On the left side, a man can be seen fishing on the bank, while a reclining woman holds a basket. The artist has used delicate brushstrokes to capture the gentle warmth of the light, creating a soothing atmosphere.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) was one of the most significant British painters during the latter half of the 18th century, and he was also one of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts. While he painted a considerable number of landscapes, which he particularly favoured, he was also prolific as a portrait painter.
Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection.
Thomas Gainsborough (1772 – 1788)
Oil on canvas
18th Century CE
221 x 160.02 cm