Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, Naarden, born ca. 1600–1603, died 1670 Haarlem)
Oil on wood
16 x 23 3/8 in. (40.6 x 59.4 cm)
Bequest of Rupert L. Joseph, 1959
Not on view
On a beach like that at Zantvoort, near Haarlem, small fishing boats are hauled up onto the sand and fishermen unload their catch. Potential customers and idle onlookers gather around. The date on this panel, long read as 1629, is certainly 1637. Some coloring in the dunes has been lost through abrasion of the paint layers, which has partially revealed the light brown ground layer and traces of underdrawing.
Inscription: Signed and dated (center right, on fence): SvR [vR in monogram] 1637
?Colborne; [Mortimer Brandt, New York, until 1940/41; sold to Joseph]; Rupert L. Joseph, New York (1940/41–d. 1959)
New York. Mortimer Brandt Gallery. "New Masters from Old Holland: Less Known Painters of the 17th Century," March 10–April 5, 1941, no. 24.
Boston. Doll and Richards. "New Masters from Old Holland: Less Known Painters of the 17th Century," April 11–26, 1941, no. 24.
Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "Five Centuries of European Painting," May 16–October 26, 1963, unnumbered cat. (p. 18).
Iowa City. University of Iowa Gallery of Art. "Impressionism and Its Roots," November 8–December 6, 1964, no. 2.
Phoenix Art Museum. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Loan Collection: 'The River and the Sea'," February 15, 1967–February 15, 1968, no. 20.
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.
Wolfgang Stechow. Dutch Landscape Painting of the Seventeenth Century. London, 1966, pp. 103, 206 n. 10, dates it 1629.
Wolfgang Stechow. Salomon van Ruysdael: Eine Einführung in seine Kunst. 2nd, rev., expanded ed. Berlin, 1975, p. 108, no. 266B, fig. 7, as "Strand mit einem Reiter" ["Beach with a Horseman"] in the catalogue entry and "Fischmarkt an der Küste" ["Fish Market on the Coast"] in the figure caption; reads date as 1629; gives provenance information.
Peter C. Sutton. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Grand Rapids, Mich., 1986, p. 191.
Simon Schama et al. inMasters of 17th-Century Dutch Landscape Painting. Exh. cat., Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Boston, 1987, p. 77, fig. 9, dates it 1629 in the figure caption and early 1630s in the text.
Walter A. Liedtke. "'Pentimenti' in our Pictures of Salomon van Ruysdael and of Jan van Goyen." Shop Talk: Studies in Honor of Seymour Slive. Ed. Cynthia P. Schneider et al. Cambridge, Mass., 1995, pp. 154, 157 nn. 1, 5–6, fig. 1, reveals the date to be 1637, not 1629.
Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, p. 242; vol. 2, pp. 802–5, no. 184, colorpl. 184, figs. 226 (detail photographed under ultraviolet light), 227 (infrared photograph detail).
Artist: Attributed to Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, Naarden, born ca. 1600–1603, died 1670 Haarlem)Date: 17th centuryMedium: Black chalk and gray wash, pen and black ink. Framing line in pen & black ink.Accession: 1994.290On view in:Not on view
Artist: Attributed to Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, Naarden, born ca. 1600–1603, died 1670 Haarlem)Date: 17th centuryMedium: Black chalk, brush and gray wash, some black and brown ink. Traces of framing line in pen & brown ink.Accession: 1972.118.288On view in:Not on view