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Jacob van Ruisdael, A Road leading into a Wood

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Full title A Road leading into a Wood
Artist Jacob van Ruisdael
Artist dates 1628/9? - 1682
Date made about 1655-60
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 54.5 × 71 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2563
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
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A Road leading into a Wood
Jacob van Ruisdael

This landscape was, for a long time, thought to be by a follower of Jacob van Ruisdael, but both the landscape and the figures are now considered to be van Ruisdael’s work.

The identification was probably made difficult by the layers of old varnish that obscure the work, but it’s still possible to see the artist’s hand in the lively clouds and the detail of the trees, probably oaks, in the foreground. One particularly fine specimen stands outlined against the sky where the winding sandy road branches. The tree beyond, its leaves turning autumnal shades of orange and gold, is less easy to identify.

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