Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ruysdael, Salomon van

River Landscape
c. 1640
Oil on panel
64 x 89 cm
Private collection

Jacob Isaackszoon van Ruysdael (c. 1628 - 1682), a native of Haarlem, was a Dutch landscape painter.
He is considered one of the great masters of landscape painting. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings and from the stories of incoming travelers, he created paintings that evoked emotion and thought. He also used his imagination to create dramatic scenes and some of the most astounding landscape art works ever produced. Derived from the Classical style, he paved the way for the Romantic style that came about in the late 18th century.

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.