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Object type

painting

Title

A View of Egmond Aan Zee

Artist/Maker

Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael artist

Culture/School

Dutch

Place Associated

Netherlands, Katwyk-ann-Zee (place depicted)

Date

circa 1647-1652

Materials

oil on panel

Dimensions

framed: 745 x 926 x 102 mm;unframed: 498 mm x 683 mm

Description

This is one of at least six views by Jacob van Ruisdael of Egmond aan Zee, a small fishing village on the North Sea not far from the artist's native city of Haarlem. Most were painted in the late 1640s, when he was still learning skills from his painter uncle (Salomon) and father (Isaack). Jacob would become the greatest of all Dutch landscape artists. This painting is remarkable for the precociously brilliant handling of light effects in the sky, the sea, and dancing over the rooftops. The details of the landscape, especially the figures, are quite broadly painted, but the sense of space and atmosphere is convincing. The imposing church was a victim of coastal erosion. The chancel had already collapsed by the date of this painting, and the last remains of the tower fell in 1743.

Credit Line/Donor

Archibald McLellan Collection, purchased, 1856

ID Number

34

Location

Kelvingrove Dutch Art Gallery

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