Jacob van Ruisdael

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Jacob van Ruisdael
1628 or 1629-1682
Sun-Dappled Trees on a Stream
late 1640s
Point of brush, black and gray washes, over black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
10 3/8 x 7 11/16 inches (264 x 196 mm)

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Earlier Dutch landscape painters served as models for French artists throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries -- notably Ruisdael, who was admired for portraying specific, rather than idealized, locations. By varying his touch in drawings such as this riverine landscape, he distinguished each element of the scene. Rousseau and Diaz were inspired by Ruisdaelʼs technique and pushed further in their attempts to capture light effects and natural textures.
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Signed with a monogram at lower right, in brush and black ink, "JVR (in ligature)"; inscribed on the verso, at upper center at left margin, in brown ink, "Ruydael"; and at lower left corner, in another hand (that of Engelberts?), in graphite, "a / mk n k [n superscript, underlined] [k subscript]/ SL: AS COV:".

Possibly Dionis Muilman (1702-1772), Amsterdam; possibly his sale, Amsterdam, de Bosch, 29 March 1773, Album P, lot 1122; possibly Engelbert Michaël Engelberts (1773-1843), Hoorn; his sale (?), Amsterdam, van der Schley...de Vries, 14ff. December 1807; John Rushout, Baron of Northwick (d. 1859), Northwick Park; by descent to Capt. E. Spencer-Churchill, Northwick Park; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 1-4 November 1920, lot 201 (to "Sabin" for £26.0.0); acquired from Martin B. Asscher, London.
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Muilman, Dionis, 1702-1772, former owner.
Engelberts, Englebert Michaël, 1773-1843, former owner.
Northwick, John Rushout, Baron, 1770-1859, former owner.
Spencer-Churchill, E. G., former owner.
Asscher, Martin B., former owner.


Adams, Frederick B., Jr. Eighth Annual Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1958, p. 72-73.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 166.
Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 117, repr.
Denison, Cara D., and Helen B. Mules, with the assistance of Jane V. Shoaf. European Drawings, 1375-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, no. 84, repr.
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 50, p. 108-109.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 260.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 62, repr. [Kathleen Stuart and Felice Stampfle]

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