Jacob van Ruisdael – The Cleveland Museum of Art 1967.19. Landscape with a Windmill (1646)
Materials: oil on panel. Dimensions: 69 x 88.5 cm. Inscriptions: Signed lower right: JvR 1646 [JvR in monogram]. Nr.: 1967.19. Source: http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/05/cleveland_museum_of_art_exhibi_1.html
A windmill-flanked by trees, a smoking chimney, and a decorative wooden fence-dominates the right side of this composition. All these elements are heavily silhouetted in dark tones, forming a sharp contrast with the delicate, warmly lit landscape in the left background. Painted when the artist was only about 18 years old, the painting shows the somber moodiness and emotional sensitivity to nature that would characterize Ruisdael’s mature works (http://www.clevelandart.org/collections/collection%20online.aspx?type=refresh&sliderpos=2&searchoption=1).