Van Goyen ranked among the most prolific painters of his time. Over a thousand paintings and a number of excellent drawings of his making have survived. In the 1630s, together with Pieter de Molyn and Salomon van Ruysdael, this artist championed the new principles of landscape painting: a low horizon, high skies with clouds, sober coloration of brown and grey tones, and rendering the wet windy atmosphere. The rustic house crouching in the drift of the sand-dune was an everyday phenomenon of the Dutch country. However, with the clever use of light and confident brushwork, van Goyen elevated it to a subject of a unique piece of art.