Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/29-1682)
Oil on wood, Framed: 69 x 88.5 x 4 cm (27 3/16 x 34 13/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Unframed: 49.5 x 68.5 cm (19 1/2 x 26 15/16 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1967.19
One of Ruisdael’s first signed and dated works, painted while he was a teenager, shows the artist’s daring and original approach to landscape. Rather than gently easing the viewer into the composition—a more conventional approach seen in the museum's work by his uncle Salomon van Ruysdael (1973.2)—Ruisdael masses dark forms in the foreground, barely penetrated by light, while opening up an expansive, sunlit plain at left.
Manchester, City Art Gallery, 1964-66 (on extended loan). CMA, November 29-December 31, 1967: "Year in Review," cat., Bulletin, LIV (December 1967), p. 343 listed no. 66, repr. p. 315. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (6/26/2005 - 9/18/2005) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (organizer) (2/25/2006 - 6/4/2006): "Master of Landscape: Jacob van Ruisdael's Paintings, Drawings and Etchings"Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany (10/15/2005 - 2/5/2006): "The Discovery of Landscape: Netherlandish Landscape Painting of the 16th and 17th Centuries"
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