Son of painter Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp, Albert spent all of his life in the Netherlands painting land and seascapes. After his parents’ death in the early 1650’s, he inherited a sizable amount of property and became involved in the town’s politics. His early work was thought to consist of mainly still-life paintings. However, the landscapes of his later life were known for conveying seasons and times of day with light and color, as well as incorporating human and animal figures.His early work shows the influence of Jan van Goyen but after visiting Utrecht in 1648, his work has Italianate characteristics of light and color. His work was popular with 18th century English collectors and had a strong influence on the artists of that time. In 1658, Cuyp married a rich widow and his production rate declined.