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Jacob van Ruisdael: 'A Road leading into a Wood'

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The landscape, with its winding road leading to a sunlit clearing in the middle distance, is somewhat reminiscent of Hobbema's work. This painting was formerly thought to be by a follower of Jacob van Ruisdael, but it is now considered to be by Ruisdael himself. The figures were painted on top of the landscape and have been attributed to another artist, but are probably also the work of Ruisdael himself.

A date in the second half of the 1650s has been suggested. There is a variant of the composition in the collection of the Duke of Sutherland.

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