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Key facts
Full title A River Landscape with Fishermen
Artist Salomon van Ruysdael
Artist dates 1600/3? - 1670
Date made 1631
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 36.6 × 65.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Inventory number L1114
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Collection Main Collection
A River Landscape with Fishermen
Salomon van Ruysdael

The painting shows one of van Ruysdael's characteristic compositions. A river bank extends diagonally across the picture plane from the lower left corner, giving the illusion of spatial recession. A boat full of people, placed parallel to the picture plane, crosses the river.

Examination by infrared reflectography has revealed extensive underdrawing in charcoal or black chalk beneath the trees, cottage and footbridge. The boat and figures were not drawn in at this stage.

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