Lot 104
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Salomon van Ruysdael

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 USD
Sold
87,500 USD
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Description

  • 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. 

Provenance

Mrs. Arthur Corwin, Greenwich;
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. 

Catalogue Note

Salomon van Ruysdael was one of the leading figures in landscape painting of the Dutch Golden Age.  Like his contemporary Jan van Goyen, Ruysdael's style was influenced by Pieter Molyn and the tonal school of landscape painting.  Ruysdael, though, invented his own distinct pictorial tools to create harmonious compositions that not only set him apart from his contemporaries but also beautifully captured the landscape of his native country.    

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.  

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