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Jacob van Ruisdael, A Torrent in a Mountainous Landscape

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Full title A Torrent in a Mountainous Landscape
Artist Jacob van Ruisdael
Artist dates 1628/9? - 1682
Date made about 1665-70
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 122 × 130 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG987
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A Torrent in a Mountainous Landscape
Jacob van Ruisdael

A mountain top shrouded in mist, a bubbling torrent of water tumbling headlong down a rocky hillside, a lone tree piercing the clouds – this was one of the favourite themes of the great Dutch landscape artist Jacob van Ruisdael during the middle of the seventeenth century. Inspired by drawings made by his friend and colleague Allart van Everdingen, who had to been to Scandinavia, they proved popular with collectors interested in more dramatic views than those offered by the flat Dutch landscape.

In the past there was argument as to whether van Ruisdael or Jan (Johan) van Kessel, probably van Ruisdael’s pupil, painted the picture, but it is now considered to be by van Ruisdael himself. The signature, although added later, is authentic and the painting is similar to other waterfall pictures of the late 1660s.

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