Jacob Van Ruisdael: Master of Landscape

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No old master or modern artist begins to match the variety of landscapes Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/9–1682) depicted during the course of his career, nor his grandeur of conception and skill in portraying natural phenomena. His themes span identifiable towns, cities, and castles; rural scenes, both cultivated and wild; seascapes and shore scenes; rivers, bridges, and sluices; rushing torrents and Scandinavian waterfalls.

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No old master or modern artist begins to match the variety of landscapes Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/9–1682) depicted during the course of his career, nor his grandeur of conception and skill in portraying natural phenomena. His themes span identifiable towns, cities, and castles; rural scenes, both cultivated and wild; seascapes and shore scenes; rivers, bridges, and sluices; rushing torrents and Scandinavian waterfalls.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Seymour Slive demonstrates Ruisdael’s unrivaled range and quality through a vivid evocation of his career not only as a painter, but also as a draftsman and etcher. Slive discusses the artist’s clientele, early collectors and critics, as well as his influence on another preeminent landscapist, John Constable.

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Seventeenth-century Dutch painter Jacob van Ruisdael created some of the most dramatic landscapes in the history of art, which put him in a class with Dutch masters Vermeer and Rembrandt. Featuring such subjects as castles, seascapes, bridges, and torrents, the images (30 b&w and 160 color) in this richly illustrated catalog of Ruisdael's work have been selected and organized by Dutch art scholar Slive (Gleason Professor of Fine Arts, emeritus, Harvard Univ.; Dutch Painting, 1600-1800). Slive examines Ruisdael's career as a painter, draftsman, and etcher; discusses his clientele, collectors, and critics; and examines his influence on landscapist John Constable. This catalog accompanies the first American exhibition dedicated to Ruisdael since 1981, which is currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will then travel to the Royal Academy in London. Slive brings to life Ruisdael's unrivaled range and ability through the discussion of his life and works. Overall, this book is a pleasure to the eyes and the next best thing to attending one of the exhibits. Recommended for academic libraries and libraries of institutions that specialize in art.-Sandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., Hendersonville, NC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781903973240
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 10.08 (w) x 11.64 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Slive is Gleason Professor of Fine Arts emeritus at Harvard University and former Director of the Harvard University Art Museums. His numerous publications include Dutch Painting, 1600–1800 and Jacob van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, both published by Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents

Chronology
Essays
Jacob van Ruisdael : master landscapist 1
Ruisdael's clientele, early collectors and critics 17
Constable and Ruisdael 29
Catalogue 38
App Ruisdael's paintings in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Dutch inventories and sale catalogues 260
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    An Extraordinary Achievement

    There is really only one word that describes this historically significant painter AND this extensive volume about his contribution to landscape painting and that word is 'Stunning'. For those who do not readily recognize the name of van Ruisdael, that fact may be due to the media's attention to only certain controversial painters. Jacob van Ruisdael lived from 1628 to 1682 and both in his time and in the years subsequent his mastery of the fine art of landscape painting is considered by many art historians to be without rival. The Dutch painter van Ruisdael not only painted vistas of landscapes in the raw, he also found majesty in villages, cities and rural scenes, seascapes, beaches, and the many rivers and bridges that seduced his sensitive eye: his numerous paintings reveal a wealth of closely observed naturalistic detail. Author Seymour Slive was Professor of Fine Arts and director of the Harvard University art museums and his depth of knowledge of not only van Ruisdael but also of the other Dutch painters of this time gives him a depth of knowledge and grace of writing that makes this truly a book to not only enjoy visually but to read as well.This book coupled with Slive's other volume 'Jacob Van Ruisdael: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings' are the definitive tomes about Dutch landscape painting. Though this book was intended as a catalogue to the traveling exhibition of van Ruisdael's paintings and drawings, it is truly the preeminent text for the libraries of all art lovers. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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