Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘A Ray of Sunlight ’, Early 19th century, Spalding Nix Fine Art
Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘A Ray of Sunlight ’, Early 19th century, Spalding Nix Fine Art

Follower of Jacob Isaacksz van RUISDAEL

Ruisdael is regarded as the principal figure among Dutch landscape painters of the second half of the 17th century. His naturalistic compositions and style representing massive forms and his color range constituted a new direction towards a stricter sense of unity and simplification in landscape painting. The paint is broadly applied over wide areas, the gradations of color flowing into one another. Man is seemingly insignificant in comparison to the grandeur of nature. This work was painted in homage by a follower of Ruisdael during the first half of the 19th century while Ruisdael’s work was enjoying great popularity during the Romantic Age. The original hangs in the Louvre, and was acquired by Louis XVI in 1784.

About Jacob van Ruisdael

Jacob van Ruisdael was a prolific Dutch landscape painter, said to have produced hundreds of works in his career. Van Ruisdael first studied painting with his father and uncle, Isaak and Salomon van Ruisdael. He received his formal training in landscape painting in Germany, and traveled frequently between the two countries before settling in Amsterdam. As a result, many of the scenes featured in his paintings are a fictionalized hybrid between the Dutch and German countryside. Trees, waterfalls, and windmills are recurring motifs in his compositions, which are characteristically rendered with thick impasto and rich colors. During his time in Amsterdam, van Ruisdael also served as a mentor and instructor for young Dutch artists, including Jan van Kessel and Meindert Hobbema.

Dutch, 1628-1682, Haarlem, Netherlands