Happy Birthday Aelbert Cuyp!! Dutch painter, born in 1620, was the son of portrait and landscape painter, Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp. Aelbert was a pupil of his father’s and was also influenced by Dutch painters van Goyen and Salomen van Ruysdale. He was quite versatile, painting not only portraits and landscapes, but also animals and still life. He was interested in light effects and especially the “golden glow” achieved by the Italians. This particular painting, Cows in the Water, exemplifies his specialities, animals and landscapes. I love the play of images and light reflected in the standing water.