Evening in the Meadows
mid 1650s
Aelbert Cuyp (Dutch, 1620-1691)
On View

"Evening in the Meadows" clearly exhibits Cuyp's ability to simplify the most complex forms and reinterpret them in terms of light. Like Vermeer, he was one of the few painters who deliberately composed a logical arrangement of natural sunlight and combined it with an infallible sense of tone. For a time, Cuyp went further than any other seventeenth-century Dutch painter in his attempt to convey a full chromatic scale of sunset and sunrise.


  • Artist Name: Aelbert Cuyp (Dutch, 1620-1691)
  • Title: Evening in the Meadows
  • Date: mid 1650s
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41-3/4 x 54-1/2 in. (106 x 138.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1970.07.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

[J. van der Linden van Slingelandt (d. 1782); (sale, Dordrecht, 22 August 1785, no. 81; for fl.1007 to);]
Pieter Fouquet Jr.(d. 1800), to;
[Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (sale, Paris, 11 April 1791, no. 49; for Ffr.5150 to);
François-Antoine Robit (sale, Paris, Joseph-Alexandre Lebrun, 6 December 1800, no. 58 (This sale never actually took place.) Robit (sale, Paris, undated and possibly cancelled);
(sale, Paris, Paillet, Delaroche, 11 May 1801, no. 28, for Ffr.10,100 to);
Guillaume-Jean Constantin, who was C.P. at sale and therefore possibly purchased for Ffr.10,100 for;
[Michael Bryan, London (sale, London, 6 November, 1801, no. 56, for Gs. 1,000 to);]
Sir Simon H. Clarke, 9th Bart.,Oakhill Herts., (sale, London, Artaria, 8 May 1840, no. 105; to Artaria for ,955, sh.10, buying for);
Sir Samuel Scott, Bart, until after 1860.
[Kunsthandel Firma D. Katz, Dieren, sold 1934 to;]
Cornelis Johannes Karel van Aalst, Huis-te-Hoevelaken (1866-1939), by inheritance to his son;
Dr. N. J. van Aalst, Huis-te-Hovelaken, 1953, consigned in 1967 to;
[G. Cramer, Oude Kunst, The Hague, 1968, to;]
The Norton Simon Foundation.

[on loan]

  • London, Bryan Gallery and Pall Mall, 1801 to 1802

[on loan]

  • London, British Institution, 1829 to

[on loan]

  • London, British Institution, 1860 to

Schilderijen van Oud-Hollandsche meesters uit di collectie Katz

  • Haarlem, Frans Halsmuseum, 1934 to

17e eeuwse uit gelders bezit

  • Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, 1953 to

Important Paintings by Old Masters, no. 13

  • The Haugue, Cramer Oude Kunst, 1966 to 1967

Important Paintings by Old Masters, no. 14

  • The Haugue, Cramer Oude Kunst, 1968 to

The Age of Rembrandt

  • Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, 1968 to
  • Kyoto, Municipal Museum, 1969 to

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1972-04-22 to 1974-11-26

XIXe Oude Kunst-en Antiekbeurs

  • Het Prinsenhof Museum, 1967-06-22 to 1967-07-12

Recent Acquisitions of the Norton Simon, Inc. Museum

  • Richmond, Virginia, Museum of Fine Arts, 1970-06-02 to 1972-04-20

All Consuming: Art and the Essence of Food

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2023-04-14 to 2023-08-14

Tulips are in Bloom

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-04-29 to 1993-08
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  • Buchanan, William, Memoirs of Painting, with a Chronological History of the Importation of Pictures by the Great Masters into England since the French Revolution, 1824, no. 20, no. 56 pp. 43-46, 68
  • Blanc, Charles, La Trésor de la Curiosité, 1857, p. 129, 191
  • Hofstede de Groot, C., A Catalogue of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, 1909, no. 367 p. 110
  • Haarlem, Frans Halsmuseum, Schilderijen van Oud-Hollandsche meesters uit de collectie Katz, 1934, no. 54
  • von Moltke, J., Catalogue of the D.J.K van Aalst Collection, 1939, pl. 23 p. 100
  • Valentiner, W.R., Dutch and Flemish Old Masters in the Collection of C. J. K. van Aalst, 1939, p. xiv
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  • Important Paintings by Old Masters, no. 13, 1966, p. 3
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  • The Age of Rembrandt, 1968, no. 17
  • Important Paintings by Old Masters, 1968, no. 11
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  • Müllenmeister, Kurt, Tierdarstellhungen in Werken neiderländer Künstler [vol. 2 of Meer und Lan im Licht des 17 Jarhunderts], 1978, no. 105 p. 54
  • Norton Simon Museum, Selected Paintings at the Norton Simon Museum, 1980, p. 60
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  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 726 p. 332
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