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Salomon van Ruysdael, A Landscape with a Carriage and Horsemen at a Pool

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Full title A Landscape with a Carriage and Horsemen at a Pool
Artist Salomon van Ruysdael
Artist dates 1600/3? - 1670
Date made 1659
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 49.9 × 63.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bought, 1891
Inventory number NG1344
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
A Landscape with a Carriage and Horsemen at a Pool
Salomon van Ruysdael

Although peaceful and still, this painting seems to hold many sounds: the rustle of leaves in a sudden breeze, the jingle of a harness and the splash of hooves in the water, quiet voices and dogs snuffling at the ground. We catch a glimpse of the patience needed to make such a journey. The women sit serenely side saddle while the carriage driver slumps over the reins. One man stares down at his horse as it drinks – his hand is on his hip, as if he’s perhaps a little less patient than others.

Salomon van Ruysdael seems to have painted an atmosphere as well as a view. He used restrained, muted colours, establishing a mood that, for a seventeenth-century Dutch collector, might evoke memories of twilight on journeys taken into the countryside.

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