River View with Church and Ferry

Salomon van Ruysdael1649


Den Haag, Netherlands

Salomon van Ruysdael was a master at suggesting vast space in his landscapes. He used diagonal lines that disappear into the distance, which in this case include the bank alongside the water and the sky with windswept clouds.

Van Ruysdael – the uncle of the famous landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael – did not depict an existing landscape. The church and the small castle in the distance came from his imagination. Nevertheless, the river view is as Dutch as can be.


  • Title: River View with Church and Ferry
  • Creator: Ruysdael, Salomon van
  • Date Created: 1649
  • Physical Dimensions: h75 cm x w106.5 cm
  • Provenance: David Sellar, London, 1885; Charles Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, 1889; Rodolphe Kann, Paris, 1907; Duveen Brothers Gallery, New York, Paris and London, 1907; Abraham Bredius, The Hague, 1911-1946 (on long-term loan to the Mauritshuis since 1912); bequest of Abraham Bredius, 1946
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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