Salomon van Ruysdael
- Salomon van Ruysdael
- A wooded river landscape with a ferry at the outskirts of a village
- signed with monogram and dated lower right, on the boat: SvR....1646(?)
- oil on panel
- 19 3/4 by 18 1/2 in.; 50.2 by 47 cm.
With Newhouse Galleries, New York;
From whom acquired by Derek Lidow;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 1 June 1990, lot 34;
There acquired and thence by descent.
Ruysdael is perhaps most well-known for his river landscapes, the earliest of which are dated to the 1630s. Over the next few decades, his palette would develop from of more monochromatic tone to that of more varied colors. The present painting, signed and datable to the late 1640s, is typical of his works from this prolific period. A soft, golden light sets the tone for the overall scene, enlivened by subtle tones of red, green and blue. Two trees to the left and right of the picture plane frame the charming scene and serve as repoussoir devices that invite the eye to explore a quiet day in a village on the banks of a river.