Oil on canvas
40-3/8 x 52-1/4 in.
Claude Lorrain -- born Claude Gellée and called Lorrain after his birthplace in France -- is known for a landscape style that combines classical ideals of beauty and harmony with a sensitive and acute observation of nature. He was particularly fascinated by light. The long shadows and the pink tone of the clouds in this painting indicate that the time of day is evening or early morning.
The work clearly reflects a contemporary description of the artist's methods: "He tried by every means to penetrate nature, lying in the fields before the break of day and until night in order to learn to represent very exactly the red morning-sky, sunrise and sunset and the evening hours."