This is an important early work by Jacob van Ruisdael painted at the end of the 1640s. The prominence of the tree and the rutted path, as well as the heavy application of paint, are characteristic of Ruisdael's works of this period.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
A Road winding between Trees towards a Distant Cottage
Date made
probably 1645-50
Medium and support
Oil on oak
32.6 x 30.4 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery