On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum

The painting shows one of van Ruysdael's characteristic compositions. A river bank extends diagonally across the picture plane from the lower left corner, giving the illusion of spatial recession. A boat full of people, placed parallel to the picture plane, crosses the river.

Examination by infrared reflectography has revealed extensive underdrawing in charcoal or black chalk beneath the trees, cottage and footbridge. The boat and figures were not drawn in at this stage.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1600/3? - 1670
Full title
A River Landscape with Fishermen
Date made
1631
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
36.6 x 65.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Inventory number
L1114
Location in Gallery