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Jacob van Ruisdael and the Perception of Landscape E. John Walford

Jacob van Ruisdael and the Perception of Landscape

E. John Walford

Published January 1992
ISBN : 9780300049947
Hardcover
243 pages
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Jacob van Ruisdael is one of the greatest of the Dutch landscape artists of the 17th century. This provides an overview of the artists work and critical reception and offers as well a contribution to the discussion of issues of representation andMoreJacob van Ruisdael is one of the greatest of the Dutch landscape artists of the 17th century. This provides an overview of the artists work and critical reception and offers as well a contribution to the discussion of issues of representation and meaning in landscape painting. The author considers Ruisdaels artistic and thematic development, paying special attention to the sources of his imagery in both nature and artistic tradition and to the influence of the wider cultural context on the artists conception and transformation of his subject. Examining Ruisdaels works, Walford discusses various aspects of the painters artistry: his themes and motifs, his selection, combination, and representation of particular elements of the landscape- his scrupulous observation of the details of indigenous vegetation and of the massing of clouds- and his understanding of the conflicting forces of growth and inevitable dissolution in nature. Walford shows how Ruisdaels scenes of forests, villages, and country roads evoke a serene image of the vigor, grandeur, and ultimate transience of nature. Ruisdaels best works, says Walford, display a grandeur of conception and a brilliance of execution that captivate the eye and arouse the contemplative imagination.