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Jacob van Ruisdael

Jacob van Ruisdael (1628 or 9–1682)
Sun-Dappled Trees on a Stream
Point of brush, black and gray washes, over slight indications in black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink
10 3/8 x 7 11/16 inches (264 x 196 mm)
Signed with a monogram at lower right, in brush and black ink, JVR (in ligature)
Purchase; 1957.2
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Ruisdael produced around one hundred forty wooded landscapes. Here he represents a corner of sun-washed woodland, with a sturdy, weathered elm twisting skyward. The artist was fascinated by the patterning of thorny branch and leaf against the sky, but his interest was in more than the picturesque, for the elm's uppermost branches are botanically accurate.

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