Woody Landscape with a Pool and Figures

Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/9-1682)
c. 1660
Oil on panel 
27-1/2 x 36-1/4 in. (69.9 x 92.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Jacob van Ruisdael is considered to be the greatest and most versatile Dutch landscape painter of the seventeenth century. He probably studied painting with his uncle Salomon van Ruysdael, becoming an accomplished landscape painter by the time he was eighteen. The figures were painted by his friend Nicolaes Berchem. Such collaboration between Dutch artists with different specialties was not uncommon.

The emphasis in a Ruisdael landscape is on the natural elements, such as the dramatic topography, sweeping sky and accurately rendered, highly detailed trees. By contrast, the human and animal figures are less significant and were usually added by figure painters.


Reginald Hooper, Southbrook, Starcross, Devon (Christie's, London, 22 July 1893, no. 71, sold for L404.5 to);
[Martin Colnaghi, London, to];
Sir Joseph B. Robinson (Christie’s, 6 July 1923, no. 87, bought in), by inheritance to his daughter;
Princess Labia.;
[P.& D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London];
[Agnew, London];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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