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River landscape with boats
(c. 1640-1650)

oil on canvas
105.2 × 111.0 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1933
Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Salomon van Ruysdael is considered a pioneer of the movement towards naturalism in seventeenth- century Dutch landscape painting of the Haarlem school, and he was a strong influence on other Haarlem artists, such as his nephew Jacob van Ruisdael and Meindert Hobbema. Ruysdael painted more river scenes than any other type of landscape, depicting calm waters as the setting for the busy activity of river life.