In the XVII century, in Dutch landscape painting, along with Rembrandt reigned Jacob van Ruisdal. From the Amsterdam students of Ruisdael, Mayndert Hobbema acquired almost greater fame than the teacher. Mayndert Gobbema – the last of the great Dutch landscape painters of the XVII century.
The paintings of Gobbem are distinguished by their simplicity, naturalness and thoroughness of execution. The artist attracts trees, dense forest, types of villages, church bell tower, lost in the haze on the horizon, illuminated by the sunlight medium plan. Often the main motif in such landscapes is the Ancient Mill.
Infinitely flowing water is associated with the idea of the immutability of being, the rotating wheel – the main mechanism of the mill – through the allusion to the “wheel of Fortune” introduces the idea of the vicissitudes of fate into the circle of imagery.