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  • Seashore

    Artist:
    Ruisdael, Jacob Isaaksz van. 1628 or 1629-1682
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    52x68 cm

Ruisdael, Jacob Isaaksz van. 1628 or 1629-1682

Seashore

Holland, Late 1660s - early 1670s

In this small canvas we are amazed by the balanced proportions of the vast dome of the sky and the majestic spaces of the sea. We can pick out both far off sails on the horizon and little rowboats and vessels nearer the foreground, from which a boat sets off towards the shore loaded with cargo. Taking advantage of the low tide and the small waves, gentlemen and ladies are walking on the shore, paddling in the water; a few daring fellows are even swimming. The wind puffs at leaden clouds through which we can just see patches of the cold, blue sky. In the colouring there is a fine play between the transparent green of the water and the white ridges of the waves, the yellow sand dunes and the steel-grey tone of the sinister clouds reflected in the water. Ruisdael painted with a flowing, liquid stroke, from beneath which the white ground seems to light up the surface, like some magical glittering in the depths. The figures were delicately painted by Adriaen van de Velde, for in his later years Ruisdael concentrated solely on the depiction of nature. Once again the philosopher artist, who was much admired by the great poet philosopher, Goethe (he described Ruisdael as "an artist who feels purely and thinks clearly") shows us the small world of man in the face of immense eternity.

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Seashore

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

52x68 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1919; transferred from the Marble Palace in Petrograd

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5616

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