- Gallery Text
The most original and versatile landscapist of the Dutch Golden Age, Van Ruisdael produced a large oeuvre of some 700 pictures, 140 drawings, and 13 etchings. This drawing belongs to a group of more than 30 sketches by the artist that are closely related in format, composition, and technique. All date from the late 1640s to the mid-1650s. The densely packed composition, close view of the main motif, and loose handling of the chalk in this study are characteristic of the group. Van Ruisdael evoked the translucency of the clouds and shadows
by dragging the soft chalk over the uneven surface of the paper, and in some shaded areas by blending the strokes into a continuous gray tone. Scattered dark accents added with a sharper chalk emphasize prominent details, such as the birds, brush, and fallen tree in the left foreground.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Jacob van Ruisdael, Dutch (Haarlem 1628/29 - 1682 Amsterdam)
- Trees and a Cottage at the Edge of a Road
- Work Type
- c. 1648-1655
- Physical Descriptions
- Black chalk on light tan antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink and black chalk
- 15.3 x 19.7 cm (6 x 7 3/4 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- inscription: lower right, brown ink: J. Ruijsdael
Fragment of a foolscap with a seven-pointed collar; variant of Hinterding, vol. 2, p. 138, A–c (1633) and A–e (1656)
- inscription: verso, lower right, black chalk: Collection Hippert, Bruxelles / 1919 / ...[illegible]
- inscription: verso, upper left, black chalk: CI LXII Paysage
- inscription: verso, upper right, black chalk: No 1...
- inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: ...759 / Ruisdael
- inscription: verso, lower right, black chalk: Meissner
- collector's mark: verso, lower center, blue ink, stamp: L. 1377 (Theodore-Charles-Louis Hippert)
- collector's mark: verso, lower right, blue ink stamp: L. 3306 (Maida and George Abrams)
- inscription: verso, lower center, black chalk: Ruys...
- inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: ESSSX
- The "J. Ruijsdael" collector, by 1690. Théodore-Charles-Louis Hippert, Brussels (L. 1377, verso, lower center). Mr. and Mrs. C. Benedict, Berlin and Paris. Kurt Meissner, Zurich, sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1981 (L. 3306, verso, lower right); The Maida and George Abrams Collection, 2008.251.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
Seymour Slive, "An Unpublished Drawing by Jacob van Ruisdael", Essays in Northern European Art Presented to Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, pp., Davaco Publishers (Doornspijk, 1983), pp. 249-50, p. 250, repr. figs. 1 and 2
Seymour Slive, "Additions to Jacob van Ruisdael", Burlington Magazine (September 1991), vol. 133, no. 1062, pp. 598-606, p. 604 (n. 31)
William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 38, pp. 94-5, repr.
George S. Keyes, "[Review] Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings. A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection", Master Drawings (Winter 1992), vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 443-448, p. 448
Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Die Landschaft im Jahrhundert Rembrandts, exh. cat., Albertina (Vienna, 1993), under cat. nos. 57-8, p. 102 (n. 5)
Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Drawings from the Albertina: Landscape in the Age of Rembrandt, exh. cat., Art Services International (Alexandria, Virginia, 1995), under cat. nos. 49-50, p. 106 (n. 6)
Seymour Slive, Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Drawings and Etchings, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2001), cat. no. D27, p. 514, repr., and p. 492 (n. 7), repr. p. 491, Fig. Drawings a (detail)
Seymour Slive, Jacob van Ruisdael: Master of Landscape, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, England, 2005), p. 168 (n. 5)
Annemarie Stefes, Niederländische Zeichnungen 1450-1850: Kupferstichkabinett der Hamburger Kunsthalle, ed. Andreas Stolzenburg and Hubertus Gaßner, Böhlau Verlag (Cologne, 2011), vol. 2, under cat. no. 900, p. 485
William W. Robinson and Susan Anderson, Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2016), cat. no. 78, pp. 263-265, repr. p. 264; watermark p. 380
- Exhibition History
Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992
Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016
- Subjects and Contexts
Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings
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