May 12, 2009
May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009

Landscape with a Windmill

Landscape with a Windmill


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

Did you know?

Look closely at the field across from the windmill: white linens are naturally bleached in the sun, a process that would have taken several months.


Even this early work by Jacob van Ruisdael—painted while he was still a teenager—shows his unique approach to landscape that made the simplest motifs seem grand and heroic. Dark forms are massed in the foreground, creating a stark contrast to the expansive, sunlit plain at left.

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