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SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL (1602-1670)

 
SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in. SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL - A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyond - oil on canvas - 26 1/2 x 41 1/2 in.
A Dune Landscape with Figures Resting and a Couple on Horseback, a View of Nijmegen Cathedral Beyondc. 1642-4326 1/2 x 41 1/2 in.(67.31 x 105.41 cm) oil on canvas
Provenance
Sale: Monsieur J.B., Paris, Drouot, 23 March 1931, No. 13, repr.
Munich, Collecting Point, Recuperation, 1947, No. 5609
Wildenstein & Co., Buenos Aires
Collection Raul Lamuraglia, Buenos Aires
Sale: Christie's New York, 31 May 1991, Important Old Master Paintings, No. 30A, repr. in colour
Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, California, by descent
Exhibition
Exh. De El Greco a Tiepolo, Museo Nacionales de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, 1964, No. 110, repr.
Literature
W. Stechow, Salomon van Ruysdael, 1975, p. 107, no. 2...More...58
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History

Born in Naarden where his father, Jacob Jansz de Goyer was a moderately wealthy cabinetmaker, Salomon van Ruysdael initially used the name ‘de Goyer’ but soon followed the example of his eldest brother and adopted ‘Ruysdael’ from the castle of Ruijschdaal in Gooiland, which may once have been a family possession. Shortly after his father’s death, Salomon and his brother, Isaack van Ruysdael (1599-1677), a painter, frame maker, and dealer, moved to Haarlem, where Salomon entered the Guild of St Luke in 1623 and largely painted scenes of the surrounding countryside.

By 1640, Salomon distanced himself from the tonal aesthetic that had largely dominated landscape pictures of the previous decade. Instead, he adopted a more varied and brighter palette that can be seen as part of a wider movement in landscape painting whereupon the impulse to paint the more mundane features of the Dutch environment in a relatively uncomplicated manner was supplanted by a desire to imbue the landscape with a new sense of grandeur and refinement. Salomon did not, for example, intend cloud structures to be simply beautiful features or atmospheric elements that augment the ‘feeling’ of the picture. Instead, he looked to the energy and drama of the sky to suggest familiar poetic or scriptural metaphors vis a vis any number of weather anomalies — natural world reminders of God’s creative power, his benevolence, and his goodness visible from the top of the dunes, from the lands reclaimed from the sea, and from the sea conquered with their mighty ships.

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    Salomon van Ruysdael, “Landscape with Wagons on a Sandy Road with Other Travelers and Cows, a Church Beyond,” 1647, Oil on Oak Panel
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    Salomon van Ruysdael, “River View of Nijmegen with the Vakhof,” 1648, Oil on Panel, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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    Salomon van Ruysdael, “View of the Dunes near Zandvoort,” Oil on Canvas
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    Salomon van Ruysdael, “Landscape with Two Figures Conversing,” Graphite on Paper, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Top Results at Auction

“An Extensive River Landscape” (1644), 24 ½ x 35 3/4 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 03 December 1997 for $3,892,724 USD
“An Extensive River Landscape” (1644), 24 ½ x 35 3/4 in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 03 December 1997 for $3,892,724 USD
“A River View with the Town of Weesp” (1650), 18 ½ x 25 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 28 January 2010 for $3,330,500 USD
“A River View with the Town of Weesp” (1650), 18 ½ x 25 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 28 January 2010 for $3,330,500 USD
“Wijdschip and Other Small Dutch Vessels at the Mouth of an Estuary”, 14 ½ x 12 3/4 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 29 January 2015 for $3,077,000 USD
“Wijdschip and Other Small Dutch Vessels at the Mouth of an Estuary”, 14 ½ x 12 3/4 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 29 January 2015 for $3,077,000 USD

Paintings in Museum Collections

“Road in the Dunes with a Passenger Coach” (1631), oil on panel, 22 x 34 in., Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
“Road in the Dunes with a Passenger Coach” (1631), oil on panel, 22 x 34 in., Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
“Market by the Seashore” (1637), oil on wood, 16 x 23 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Market by the Seashore” (1637), oil on wood, 16 x 23 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“River Scene” (1632), oil on canvas, 13 1/2 x 20 in., Kunsthalle, Hamburg
“River Scene” (1632), oil on canvas, 13 1/2 x 20 in., Kunsthalle, Hamburg

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Additional Resources

See the collection of paintings, drawings, and prints by Salomon van Ruysdael at Harvard Art Museums
Explore the Dutch Golden Age with Jonathan Ribner (Dept. of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University), hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Browse an array of stunning landscapes by van Ruysdael in the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid

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