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Fishing Boats on a River

Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, Naarden, born ca. 1600–1603, died 1670 Haarlem)

Date:
early 1660s
Medium:
Oil on wood
Dimensions:
Overall, with added strips, 14 3/4 x 21 7/8 in. (37.5 x 55.6 cm); painted surface 14 1/4 x 21 1/4 in. (36.2 x 54 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
From the Collection of Rita and Frits Markus, Bequest of Rita Markus, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.331.8
  • Gallery Label

    In his many river views Van Ruysdael paid close attention to types of boats and the buildings they sail by. Here, however, his main concerns seem optical: silhouettes, reflections, and a panoramic view over water shining like polished pewter.

  • Catalogue Entry

    Forthcoming

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (on boat at left): SvR [vR in monogram]

  • Provenance

    [W. E. Duits, Amsterdam, in 1929]; Otto Heinrich Hirschmann, Amsterdam; private collection, England (in 1938); [Van Dieman Gallery, London]; Mr. and Mrs. D. Birnbaum, New York (in 1942); Frits and Rita Markus, New York (by 1975–his d. 1996); Rita Markus, New York (1996–d. 2005)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. Duveen Galleries. "Paintings by the Great Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century," October 8–November 7, 1942, no. 57.

    New York. M. Knoedler and Company. "Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century," February 5–24, 1945, no. 15.

    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.

  • References

    Wolfgang Stechow. Salomon van Ruysdael: Eine Einführung in seine Kunst. Berlin, 1938, pp. 27, 104, no. 316, fig. 43, attributes it to Ruysdael and dates it to the 1660s, calling it an extraordinary late work; as in a private collection, England.

    Wolfgang Stechow. Salomon van Ruysdael: Eine Einführung in seine Kunst. 2nd, rev., expanded ed. Berlin, 1975, pp. 27, 115–16, no. 316, fig. 56, as in the F. Markus collection, New York.

    Walter Liedtke in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2005–2006." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 64 (Fall 2006), p. 36.

    Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 819–20, no. 190, colorpl. 190, fig. 237 (color detail).

    Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), pp. 65, 67.



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