The village of Eext depicted in this painting played an important role in the life of Groningen landscapist Egbert van Drielst (1745-1818). Van Drielst used this village as a base for visiting the surrounding area to find inspiration. Particularly the woodlands touched a chord in this painter who still sought artistic insights in Drenthe although he was already living in Amsterdam.
He knew the province well, because when he lived in Groningen as a young boy he and his family often visited relatives in Steenwijk. Even then Van Drielst was captivated by the Drenthe landscape.
Egbert van Drielst, Gezicht op Eext (View of Eext), no date