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Robert C. NOORTMAN - Oil on canvas and oil on panel-Robert C. NOORTMAN

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Oil On Canvas And Oil On Panel

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SALOMON VAN RUYSDAEL (Naarden 1600-03 - Haarlem 1670)

Herdsmen and Cattle
Oil on panel: 31.8 x 41.9 cm/ 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches

Signed with initials and dated 1660 lower left: 'SVR'
The present dune scene exudes charm and humour. Ruysdael directs our attention to a partly flooded country road. There, we see herdsmen and their cattle. Some of the cows are busy studying their own reflection in the water of the pool, while a bull mounts one of the other cows in front of our eyes. On the top of the slope hunters appear, one of whom lifts up a freshly caught hare. The figures move around in a dune landscape that is strongly reminiscent of the environs of the artist?s hometown Haarlem. The colourful palette with its subdued blue in the sky, the creamy white of the clouds and the wide range of yellow, brown and green tones, is characteristic of Ruysdael?s later works. The black, white and brown cows also work as a break through the subtle colour scheme of the dunes. Many details were painted wet-in-wet, such as the smoke rising from the cottage chimney, and lend this picture a stunning sense of vivacity.

Sale, Amsterdam (Fr. Muller), 25 April 1911, no. 95, ill., sold to De Haas
Sale A. N. Balfour et al. (property of R. Page-Croft), London (Christie?s), 18 July 1974, no. 230, ill.
Private collection, Germany

One Hundred Master Paintings, Maastricht 2005 (dealer catalogue Noortman Master Paintings), no. 5, pp. 24,25, illustrated in colour

Artist biography:
Salomon van Ruysdael was originally called Salomon de Gooyer (meaning of Gooieland) but he and his brother Isaack, also an artist, adopted the name ?Ruysdael? from Castle Ruisdael, near their father?s home town, which was possibly once in the family?s possession. Jacob van Ruisdael, the other famous landscape painter, was Salomon?s nephew. Salomon entered the Guild of Saint Luke in Haarlem in 1623. His earliest known dated painting is of 1626. Two years later he was praised as a landscape painter by the chronicler Samuel van Ampzing in his description of Haarlem. It is not known with whom Ruysdael trained but his early works show the influence of Esaias van de Velde who worked in Haarlem from 1609 to 1618. Ruysdael is known as a leading landscape specialist, although later in life he painted some still lifes as well. In addition to painting, Ruysdael had a career as a merchant, dealing in blue dye for the Haarlem bleacheries. Nevertheless, his son Jac

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  • Origin : NETHERLANDS

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