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Follower of Jacob van Ruisdael, The Skirts of a Forest

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Full title The Skirts of a Forest
Artist Follower of Jacob van Ruisdael
Artist dates 1628/9? - 1682
Date made probably 1650-1700
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 57.5 × 70.5 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2566
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
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The Skirts of a Forest
Follower of Jacob van Ruisdael

This painting is a copy of Jacob van Ruisdael’s original, which is in a private collection in Canada. Made by an unknown follower, it shares the original’s sense of space and airiness, with a wide view past the dense trees and bushes on the left.

Crossing the barrier of dead tree trunks across the pond and out between the distant trees, we reach the sky and the clouds that van Ruisdael loved to paint. Close to us they are streaky and grey, but then puff up to tower overhead. The sun striking them makes them glow, their shapes echoed by the tops of the trees below.

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