Jacob van Ruisdael – The Cleveland Museum of Art 1963.575. Wooded and Hilly Landscape (1660s)
Materials: oil on canvas. Dimensions: 51.6 x 59.4 cm. Inscriptions: Signed lower left: JvRuisdael [JvR in monogram]. Nr.: 1963.575. Source: http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/05/cleveland_museum_of_art_exhibi_1.html
With much of this painting’s composition dedicated to nature alone, an underlying sense of sublimity is heightened by Ruisdael through the inclusion of several diminutive figures. A mother and child trudge through a weathered path in the foreground, their pet dog following closely at their side, while a lone traveler approaches from the foliage ahead of them.
This work is an excellent representation of the artist’s later period, speaking to both his preoccupation with meticulous detail and the transitory relationship between humans and nature.
–Charles Eppley (January 2009) (http://www.clevelandart.org/collections/collection%20online.aspx?type=refresh&sliderpos=2&searchoption=1)
… is astonishing not only for its luminous quality of light and lively brushwork, but also for the almost scientific specificity of its imagery. Seydl said botanists can identify the species of oak in the painting, for example (http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/05/cleveland_museum_of_art_exhibi_1.html).