The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
With the enormous number of painters working in 17th-century Holland,
it is not surprising that some of them should turn to specialization, hoping
perhaps to improve their income. Indeed, some of them may be said even to
have chosen subspecialties. Thus, Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709), while a master
of landscape painting, became a subspecialist in the wooded landscape. Whether he specialized because he was good at wooded landscapes
or whether he was good at wooded landscapes because he specialized is probably
unanswerable. Perhaps he was a perfectionist who felt a more defined subject
would be less daunting, perhaps the market was more favorable for wooded scenes,
or perhaps he simply enjoyed painting trees. The truth probably contains all
of these elements, in varying degrees.
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