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    Old Master Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

    14 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 25

    Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden 1600-1670 Haarlem)

    A panoramic landscape with travellers on a path, the city of Amersfoort beyond

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    Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden 1600-1670 Haarlem)
    A panoramic landscape with travellers on a path, the city of Amersfoort beyond
    signed and dated 'SVRuysdael 1634' (SvR linked, lower centre)
    oil on canvas
    102 x 136 cm.

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    Salomon van Ruysdael, the uncle of Jacob van Ruisdael, is recorded as a member of the Haarlem painters' guild in 1623, but it is not known who his teacher was. His early work shows the influence of Esaias van de Velde and in the 1620s and 1630s he developed a more monochrome style, his so-called tonal phase, a period during which the present composition was painted. His dune landscapes from this period were particularly influenced by Pieter Molijn, both finding inspiration in the sandy and hilly terrain close to Haarlem. Van Ruysdael's river landscapes, on the other hand, betray a knowledge of the work of Jan van Goyen. Later in his career his colours became brighter and his compositions started changing, probably due to the influence of his nephew.

    In many instances, recognisable towns can be seen in the distance of his landscapes, for instance Arnhem, Haarlem, Deventer and, as in the present picture, Amersfoort. Here the two main churches of Amersfoort can be identified as the 'Lieve-vrouwe kerk' (the Church of Our Lady) and behind it the 'Sint Joris kerk' (the Church of St George). The artist used a similar compostion for his View of the Abbey of Egmond again in 1640 (Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; see W. Stechow, op. cit., p. 105, no. 239).

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    with Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam, by 1926.
    Looted by the Nazi authorities, July 1940.
    Recovered by the Allies, 1945.
    in the custody of the Dutch Government.
    Restituted in February 2006 to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note an additional exhibition: Tokyo, Le Musee National d'Art, European Landscape Painting, 14 September-26 October 1978, no. 12 (according to a label on reverse of frame).


    W. Stechow, Salomon van Ruysdael, Berlin, 1975, pp. 20, 50 and 104, no. 236, illustrated pl. 12.
    C. Wright, Paintings in Dutch Museums. An Index of Oil Paintings in Public Collections in The Netherlands by Artists born before 1870, London, 1980, p. 399.
    Old Master Paintings: An illustrated summary catalogue, Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst (The Netherlandish Office for the Fine Arts), The Hague, 1992, p. 261, no. 2284, illustrated.


    Rotterdam, Rotterdamsche Kunstkring, Catalogue de la Collection Goudstikker d'Amsterdam, 10-25 April 1926, no. 82, illustrated.
    Amsterdam, Kunsthandel J. Goudstikker N.V., Catalogus der Tentoonstelling van Werken door Salomon van Ruysdael, 1936, no. 7, illustrated.
    Michigan, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Landscapes from the Golden Age, 19 May-19 June 1972, no. 25.
    Leiden, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Het Hollandse 17de eeuwse landschap, 20 October-26 November 1972, no. 25, illustrated.