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Wooded Landscape with a Waterfall

Jacob van Ruisdael (AKA Jacob Isaacksz.van Ruisdael), Dutch, (1628 (or 1629)–ca. March 10, 1682)

Creation date: ca. 1660
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1940.74
Dimensions: 49 1/4 in. x 50 in. x 5 1/4 in. (125.1 cm x 127 cm x 13.34 cm)
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Lebrun, Paris, France ( - August 26, 1801)

Paillet and Coclers, Paris, France (August 26, 1801 - August 27, 1801)

Arthur Maier, Karlsbad, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (August 27, 1801? - )

Julius Singer, Prague, Czech Republic (1934 - ca. 1940)

Lilienfeld Galleries, Inc., New York, New York (ca. 1940 - 1940)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California (1940 - 1940)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1940 - )

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Landscape painting was among the principal developments of the 17th-century Dutch school. The artistic patrons of the Dutch Republic rejected the subjects long favored by the Catholic Church and the aristocratic courts, and images of the characteristic Dutch landscape served to assert local pride. Jacob van Ruisdael was the supreme practitioner of Dutch landscape painting in the second half of the century, but many of his later works, including this canvas, turn away from the
accurate depiction of the broad, flat Dutch plains. In the 1650s, Ruisdael visited the Romantic landscape of the wooded hill country in Germany, and he was also much influenced by the paintings of Allaert van Everdingen (1621–1675), which often depicted the waterfalls of Sweden. Whatever the source for his dark, stormy scenes of the 1650s and 1660s, Ruisdael paintings emphasize nature’s powerful aspect. In this example, the church in the distance and the half-timbered house at right seem minor in comparison to the rocky foreground with its raging waterfall.
Last Updated: 6/11/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

[Jacob Ruisdael] Denver Art Museum , 5/2/1971 - 5/31/1971

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 139, Figure Number: 139

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 127, Figure Number: 127

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 28, Figure Number: 28

Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America The Netherlands-American Amity Trust, Inc.. Washington, D.C., 1986
Page Number: 271

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, November 30, 1940
Page Number: 7, 17, Figure Number: 7

5 Old Masters Acquired by the Fine Arts Society of San Diego, California San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, November 14, 1940
Page Number: Ruisdael

John D. Morse. Old Master Paintings in North America Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1979
Page Number: 250

John D. Morse. Old Masters in America: Rand McNally & Company. New York, New York, 1955
Page Number: 151

Seymour Slive. Jacob van Ruisdael: Yale University Press. New Haven Connecticut, 2001
Page Number: 234 no. 275, Figure Number: 275

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