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  • Ferry Boat near Arnheim

    Artist:
    Ruysdael, Salomon Jacobsz. van. 1600/03-1670
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    89x116 cm

Ruysdael, Salomon Jacobsz. van. 1600/03-1670

Ferry Boat near Arnheim

Holland, 1651

Looking at the landscapes of the “Small Dutch Masters”, there is little doubt that they depict a real-life view. This painting by Salomon van Ruysdael, for example, shows the lower reaches of the Rhine near the city of Arnhem, whose great cathedral bell-tower is visible from far off. The usual practice was for pictures to be painted in artists’ studios not for particular clients but simply for sale. Wealthy burghers often embellished their homes with depictions of the surrounding area. The artist does not seem to have invented anything, but the composition is especially expressive. In the foreground he placed the dark silhouette of a boat loaded with people and animals; further back the low river bank with trees leaning out over the water. The sailing vessels running away to the horizon diminish in size; the surface of the water grows paler and the outlines of the city melt in the vapour-laden air. While extending above the earth is a high cloudy sky, which, as is usual in Dutch landscapes, is allotted the greater part of the picture area. The cosiness of the lived-in world and at the same time its boundless expanse are presented in an astonishingly blended manner in this work. The family to which Salomon van Ruysdael belonged gave the world several major artists. Another great Dutch landscape painter, Jacob van Ruisdael, learnt the craft in his studio and stayed on working there.

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Ferry Boat near Arnheim

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oil

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89x116 cm

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Transferred in 1922 to the Hermitage from the Academy of Fine Arts; purchased from the collection of Count G.V. Orlov in 1830

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ГЭ-3649

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