River Landscape with Ferryboat


Oil on oakwood
Inv. No. 100

50 × 69.2 cm

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Mood-charged river landscapes are a central motif in the work of Salomon van Ruysdael, one of the chief exponents of landscape painting executed in a uniform basic shade of colour. This late work with its brightened palette is convincing by virtue of the loose painting style and the classical equilibrium of a composition made up of set-pieces; a balance has been attained between the horizontal and the vertical and between light and shade. The dark group of trees towering up at the right effectively contrasts with the bright, clear view of the town silhouette and cloudy sky in the distance at the left, while the river joins the two and guides the viewer’s gaze into the spatial depths.

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