Jacob van Ruisdael Painting Reproductions 5 of 6

c.1628-1682

Dutch Baroque Painter

Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruisdael (or Ruysdael) (c. 1628 - 14 March 1682) was a Dutch landscape painter.

A native of Haarlem, he appears to have studied under his father Isaak van Ruysdael, a landscape painter, though other authorities place him as the pupil of Berghem and of Allart van Everdingen. He was the nephew of Salomon van Ruysdael, a landscape artist of some note, and studied under him as well. The earliest date that appears on his paintings and etchings is 1645. Three years later he was admitted as a member of the guild of St Luke in Haarlem; in 1659 he obtained the freedom of the city of Amsterdam, and in 1668 his name appears there as a witness to the marriage of Meindert Hobbema. During his lifetime, his works were little appreciated, and he seems to have suffered from poverty. In 1681 the sect of the Mennonites, with whom he was connected, petitioned the council of Haarlem for his admission into the almshouse of the town, and there the artist died on the 14th of March 1682.

Ruisdael's favorite subjects are simple woodland scenes, similar to those of Everdingen and Hobbema. He is especially noted as a painter of trees, and his rendering of foliage, particularly of oak leaf age, is characterized by the greatest spirit and precision. His views of distant cities, such as that of Haarlem in the possession of the marquess of Bute, and that of Katwijk in the Glasgow Corporation Galleries, clearly indicate the influence of Rembrandt.

He frequently painted coast-scenes and sea-pieces, but it is in his rendering of lonely forest glades that we find him at his best. The subjects of certain of his mountain scenes seem to be taken from Norway, and have led to the supposition that he had traveled in that country. There is, however, no record of such a journey, and the works in question are probably merely adaptations from the landscapes of Van Everdingen, whose manner he copied at one period. Only a single architectural subject from his brush is known an admirable interior of the New Church, Amsterdam. The prevailing hue of his landscapes is a full rich green, which, however, has darkened with time, while a clear grey tone is characteristic of his seapieces. The art of Ruisdael, while it shows little of the scientific knowledge of later landscapists, is sensitive and poetic in sentiment, and direct and skillful in technique. Figures are sparingly introduced into his compositions, and such as occur are believed to be from the pencils of Adriaen van de Velde, Philip Wouwerman, and Jan Lingelbach.

Unlike the other great Dutch landscape painters, Ruisdael did not aim at a pictorial record of particular scenes, but he carefully thought out and arranged his compositions, introducing into them an infinite variety of subtle contrasts in the formation of the clouds, the plants and tree forms, and the play of light. He particularly excelled in the painting of cloudscapes which are spanned dome-like over the landscape, and determine the light and shade of the objects.

Goethe lauded him as a poet among painters, and his work shows some of the sensibilities the Romantics would later celebrate.

Characteristic of his early period, from about 1646 to 1655, is the choice of very simple motifs and the careful and laborious study of the details of nature. The time between his departure from Haarlem and his settling in Amsterdam may have been spent in travelling and helped him to gain a broader view of nature and to widen the horizon of his art.

A magnificent view of the Castle of Bentheim (which is located in Bad Bentheim in Lower-Saxony), dated 1654, suggests that his wanderings extended to Germany. In his last period, from about 1675 onwards, he shows a tendency towards overcrowded compositions, and affects a darker tonality, which may partly be due to the use of thin paint on a dark ground. Towards the end, in his leaning towards the romantic mood, he preferred to draw his inspiration from other masters, instead of going to nature direct, his favorite subjects being rushing torrents and waterfalls, and ruined castles on mountain crests, which are frequently borrowed from the Swiss views by Roghmau.

Ruisdael etched a few plates, thirteen according to the latest catalogue raisonne by Slive, which he evidently regarded as experimental and somewhat private, to judge by their extreme rarity - about half survive in only a single impression (copy). By far the best collection is at the Rijksmuseum print room in Amsterdam. Many have very crowded compositions of foliage. The Cornfield and the Travellers are characterized by Duplessis as prints of a high order which may be regarded as the most significant expressions of landscape art in the Low Countries.

129 Ruisdael Paintings

The Shore at Egmond-aan-Zee, c.1675 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

The Shore at Egmond-aan-Zee c.1675

Oil Painting
$1164
Canvas Print
$87.48
SKU: RJV-13519
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 53.7 x 66.2 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Ruins in a Dune Landscape, c.1650/55 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Ruins in a Dune Landscape c.1650/55

Oil Painting
$1258
Canvas Print
$54.40
SKU: RJV-13520
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 43.2 x 58.5 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

An Extensive Landscape with Ruins, c.1665/75 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

An Extensive Landscape with Ruins c.1665/75

Oil Painting
$1080
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RJV-13521
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 34 x 40 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

A Waterfall at the Foot of a Hill near a Village, c.1665/75 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

A Waterfall at the Foot of a Hill near a Village c.1665/75

Oil Painting
$1648
Canvas Print
$63.34
SKU: RJV-13522
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 84.8 x 100 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Forest Scene, c.1655 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Forest Scene c.1655

Oil Painting
$1625
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RJV-13523
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 105.5 x 123.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Three Great Trees in a Mountainous Landscape with a River, c.1665/70 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Three Great Trees in a Mountainous Landscape with ... c.1665/70

Oil Painting
$1617
Canvas Print
$59.15
SKU: RJV-13524
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 138 x 173 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Woody Landscape with a Pool and Figures, c.1660 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Woody Landscape with a Pool and Figures c.1660

Oil Painting
$1500
Canvas Print
$55.90
SKU: RJV-13525
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 70 x 92 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Forest Landscape, 1653 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Forest Landscape 1653

Oil Painting
$1315
Canvas Print
$50.64
SKU: RJV-13526
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 42 x 49 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dirt Road in the Dunes, 1655 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Dirt Road in the Dunes 1655

Oil Painting
$1148
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RJV-13527
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 32 x 42.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Winter Landscape, 1682 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Winter Landscape 1682

Oil Painting
$1195
Canvas Print
$51.37
SKU: RJV-13528
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 42 x 49.7 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ship in Rough Sea, 1655 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Ship in Rough Sea 1655

Oil Painting
$1080
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RJV-13529
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 35.5 x 44.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Landscape with Watermill, 1661 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with Watermill 1661

Oil Painting
$1080
Canvas Print
$58.34
SKU: RJV-13530
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 63 x 79 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Landscape with Ruins, 1682 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with Ruins 1682

Oil Painting
$1086
Canvas Print
$58.60
SKU: RJV-13531
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 53 x 66 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

View of Haarlem, c.1670 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

View of Haarlem c.1670

Oil Painting
$1289
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RJV-13532
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 43 x 38 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Benefits, 1682 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

The Benefits 1682

Oil Painting
$1871
Canvas Print
$57.65
SKU: RJV-13533
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 67.5 x 85 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Mill at Wijk-bij-Duurstede, c.1670 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

The Mill at Wijk-bij-Duurstede c.1670

Oil Painting
$1219
Canvas Print
$61.71
SKU: RJV-13534
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 83 x 101 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Waterfall with a Half-Timbered House and Castle, c.1665/70 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Waterfall with a Half-Timbered House and Castle c.1665/70

Oil Painting
$1617
Canvas Print
$65.24
SKU: RJV-13535
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 99.7 x 86.4 cm
Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Landscape with Cascade, c.1670/75 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with Cascade c.1670/75

Oil Painting
$1586
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RJV-13536
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 76.2 x 94 cm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA

The Great Pool, 1652 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

The Great Pool 1652

Oil Painting
$1195
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RJV-13537
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 43.2 x 55.8 cm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA

Landscape with Dunes, 1649 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Landscape with Dunes 1649

Oil Painting
$1162
Canvas Print
$56.84
SKU: RJV-13538
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 53 x 68.5 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA

View of Grainfields with a Distant Town, c.1670 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

View of Grainfields with a Distant Town c.1670

Oil Painting
$1258
Canvas Print
$81.84
SKU: RJV-13539
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 51.4 x 64.7 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA

Stormy Sea with Sailing Vessels, c.1668 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Stormy Sea with Sailing Vessels c.1668

Oil Painting
$1179
Canvas Print
$59.96
SKU: RJV-13540
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 50 x 62.5 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Road through Fields of Corn near the Zuider Zee, c.1660/62 by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

Road through Fields of Corn near the Zuider Zee c.1660/62

Oil Painting
$1153
Canvas Print
$60.19
SKU: RJV-13541
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 44.8 x 54.6 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

A Wooded River Landscape with a Bridge, n.d. by Ruisdael | Painting Reproduction

A Wooded River Landscape with a Bridge n.d.

Oil Painting
$1322
Canvas Print
$60.64
SKU: RJV-13542
Jacob van Ruisdael
Original Size: 53 x 65 cm
Private Collection

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