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Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden ?1600/3-1670 Haarlem)
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Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden ?1600/3-1670 Haarlem)

A river landscape with a ferry and Kronenburg Castle in the background

Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden ?1600/3-1670 Haarlem)
A river landscape with a ferry and Kronenburg Castle in the background
signed and dated ‘SVRuysdael . 1645’ (‘SVR’ linked, lower center, on the boat)
oil on canvas
31 1/8 x 40 7/8 in. (79.1 x 103.8 cm.)
Honigman collection, Amsterdam, from whom acquired at the beginning of the nineteenth century by
Worthington collection, Amsterdam, and by descent in the family, and by whom brought to England shortly before the German invasion of Holland in May 1940 (according to the 1944 exhibition catalogue).
with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.
Acquired by the present owner circa 1985.
W. Stechow, Salomon van Ruysdael: Eine Einführung in seine Kunst, Berlin, 1975, p. 121, no. 347B.
Liverpool, School of Art and Design, Exhibition of works by Dutch masters of the seventeenth century, 22-29 September 1944, no. 16.
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Depictions of ferry boats conveying passengers and animals across bodies of water are among the most enduring images in Salomon van Ruysdael’s work, with surviving paintings dating from 1631 until 1667. The earliest examples are conceived in muted tones characteristic of Jan van Goyen, but around 1640 Ruysdael freed himself from the elder artist’s work in favor of images conceived with brighter colors, increased emphasis on cloud-filled skies and broader expanses of water. Wolfgang Stechow has identified the structure in the central background as that of Kronenburg Castle in Loenen aan de Vecht near Utrecht (loc. cit.). Razed in 1837, the twelfth-century castle is shown from the other direction in a drawing by Roelant Roghman dating to only a year or so later (formerly Museum Boymans, Rotterdam; for a copy of the drawing, see H.W.M. van der Wyck, De kasteeltekeningen van Roelant Roghman, I, Alphen aan den Rijn, 1989, p. 115, no. 95, illustrated).

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