A Road leading into a Wood

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
A Road leading into a Wood
Date made
about 1655-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
54.5 x 71 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery