In the early fifties Ruisdael traveled in the wooded hill country of Germany near the Dutch border. His interest in this romantic landscape was reinforced after about 1656, when he settled in Amsterdam and became familiar with the views of Scandinavian landscapes by Allart van Everdingen. The present picture was probably painted in about 1660.


  • Title: The Forest Stream
  • Date Created: ca. 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: w1292 x h997 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: MMA
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Provenance Extent: Complete
  • Provenance: [Sedelmeyer, Paris, until 1886; sold to Marquand]; Henry G. Marquand, New York (1886–89)
  • Medium Extent: Complete
  • Inscription Extent: Complete
  • Inscription: Signed (lower right): JvRuisd[ae]l [initials in monogram]
  • Description Extent: Complete
  • Credit Line Extent: Complete
  • Credit Line: Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889
  • Artist: Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, Haarlem 1628/29–1682 Amsterdam)

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