A Country Road

Salomon van Ruysdael Dutch

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In this mature work Van Ruysdael seems to follow the advice given to painters by Karel van Mander in 1604: "But above all do not forget to put small figures under tall trees. . . Make the countryside, the town, and the water full of activity, the houses inhabited, and the roads traveled." The composition, with its curving forms focused on a low bridge and trees sweeping up to clouds, is typical of the late 1640s: similar designs were employed by the artist's famous nephew, Jacob van Ruisdael, and by other Haarlem landscapists such as Pieter Molijn.

A Country Road, Salomon van Ruysdael (Dutch, Naarden, born ca. 1600–1603, died 1670 Haarlem), Oil on canvas

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