European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael, Dutch (active Haarlem and Amsterdam), 1628/29 - 1682
Oil on panel
Cat. 563John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThis small panel painting is a rare pure dune landscape. These tall dunes around Haarlem were a sandy and rolling terrain that was unusually varied for Holland. A traveler in a red jacket appears in many of the artist's paintings but forms an unusually central accent here, caught in dramatic light and emphasizing the difficulty of the terrain. As in the drawings in his 1646 sketchbook, Ruisdael here explores the Haarlem-area topography in the same way locals were encouraged to do by publications and prints.
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