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The Forest Stream

Artist:
Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, Haarlem 1628/29–1682 Amsterdam)
Date:
ca. 1660
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
39 1/4 x 50 7/8 in. (99.7 x 129.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889
Accession Number:
89.15.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 638
In the early fifties Van Ruisdael traveled in the wooded hill country of Germany near the Dutch border. His interest in this romantic landscape was reinforced after about 1656, when he settled in Amsterdam and became familiar with the views of Scandinavian landscapes by Allart van Everdingen. The present picture was probably painted in about 1660.
Forthcoming
Inscription: Signed (lower right): JvRuisd[ae]l [initials in monogram]
[Sedelmeyer, Paris, until 1886; sold to Marquand]; Henry G. Marquand, New York (1886–89)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Collection of Dutch and Flemish Paintings by Old Masters, Owned by Mr. Charles Sedelmeyer," Winter 1886–87, no. 20 (as "Forest Scene," lent by Henry G. Marquand, probably this picture).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Exhibition of 1888–89," 1888–89, no. 7 (as "Landscape").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Hudson-Fulton Celebration," September–November 1909, no. 114 (as "The Forest Stream").

Hempstead, N. Y. Hofstra College. "Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces," June 26–September 1, 1952, no. 24 (as "Landscape").

East Hampton, N.Y. Guild Hall. "Trees in Art," July 18–August 13, 1957, no. 66 (as "Landscape).

Tokyo National Museum. "Treasured Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," August 10–October 1, 1972, no. 81 (as "Landscape").

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Treasured Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 8–November 26, 1972, no. 81.

Auckland City Art Gallery. "17th Century Pastoral Holland," mid-February–mid-March, 1974, no. 98 (as "Landscape with Waterfall").

Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria. "17th Century Pastoral Holland," mid-March–mid-April, 1974, no. 98.

Sydney. Art Gallery of New South Wales. "17th Century Pastoral Holland," mid-April–mid-May, 1974, no. 98.

Athens. National Gallery Alexandros Soutzos Museum. "From El Greco to Cézanne: Masterpieces of European Painting from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," December 13, 1992–April 11, 1993, no. 19 (as "Landscape").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.

Illustrated Catalogue of 300 Paintings by Old Masters of the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French, and English Schools. Paris, 1898, p. 210, no. 189, ill. p. 211, as "Landscape," given by Marquand to the MMA in 1895 [sic].

Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, [1908?], p. 153, no. 235, ill. p. 153 (facsimile of signature) and opp. p. 154, as "Landscape"; states that it was purchased [by Marquand] from Sedelmeyer in 1886.

Wilhelm R. Valentiner. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1909, vol. 1, p. 115, no. 114, ill. opp. p. 115, as "The Forest Stream".

Joseph Breck. "L'art hollandais à l'exposition Hudson-Fulton à New York." L'art flamand & hollandais 13, no. 2 (1910), p. 60 [published in Dutch in Onze Kunst 17 (February 1910), p. 45].

E[mil]. Waldmann. "Die Ausstellung Holländischer Gemälde des 17. Jahrhunderts in New York." Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst, n.s., 21, no. 4 (1910), p. 80, ill., confuses it with two other works by Ruisdael in the exhibition.

Kenyon Cox. "Dutch Pictures in The Hudson-Fulton Exhibition—III." Burlington Magazine 16 (February 1910), p. 306.

Cornelis Hofstede de Groot. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. Ed. Edward G. Hawke. Vol. 4, London, 1912, pp. 86–87, no. 263, as "The Forest Stream".

Jakob Rosenberg. Jacob van Ruisdael. Berlin, 1928, pp. 85, 117, no. 214, as "Niedriger Wasserfall".

Kurt Erich Simon. Jacob van Ruisdael: eine Darstellung seiner Entwicklung. Berlin, 1930, p. 63, dates it about 1660.

Calvin Tomkins. Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1970, p. 74 [rev., enl. ed., 1989].

Walter Liedtke. "Dutch Paintings in America: The Collectors and Their Ideals." Great Dutch Paintings from America. Exh. cat., Mauritshuis, The Hague. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1990, p. 36.

E. John Walford. Jacob van Ruisdael and the Perception of Landscape. New Haven, 1991, p. 226 n. 17, as "Hilly Woodland with Waterfall".

Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, p. ix; vol. 2, pp. 790–92, no. 180, colorpl. 180.



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