Halt in Front of an Inn

Halt in Front of an Inn
Artist:
Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, 1602/3-1670)
Date:
1643
Medium:
Oil on panel 
Dimensions:
24-1/8 x 36-1/2 in. (61.3 x 92.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1970.09.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View
Description

Salomon van Ruysdael lived in Haarlem and was the uncle of painter Jacob van Ruisdael. Salomon was among the artists who developed a new, naturalistic method of landscape painting that was uniquely Dutch in character. It featured simple themes – sand dunes, sky, travelers in the countryside. Thinly painted with delicate glazes, the scenes were described with a limited palette of colors. The style is referred to as the tonal phase of Dutch Landscape painting.

Here a covered wagon and a modest cart, traveling in different directions on the same road, stop at an inn. Passengers and animals take a moment to refresh themselves. The casual appearance of the scene is geometricall structured, however. The large central tree marks the apex of a triangle defined by the two roads continuing obliquely on either side. A shaded patch of earth in the foreground acts as a repoussoir, pushing the central scene back and thereby increasing the sense of depth. Nothing seems forced though as the billowing clouds and raking light suggest the late afternoon pleasures of a day in the country.

Provenance:

Leo Collins (a.k.a. Cohen), Vienna, Paris and New York, ca. 1910s/1920s?
[A. S. Drey, Munich, ca. 1925, according to RKD photo mount].
Walter Riess, Leipzig, in 1929, possibly still in 1938.
Jules Roos, Amsterdam and later Westmount, Quebec, by 1944, by inheritance to his son ca. 1968/1969;
Walter Roos, Palm Harbor, Florida, sold October 1, 1969, to;
[Rosenberg and Stiebel, Inc., New York, sold 1970 to;]
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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