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An image of The little bridge by Jacob van Ruisdael

Jacob van Ruisdael

(Netherlands 1628 or 1629 – buried 14 March 1682)

Title
The little bridge
Year
1650-1655
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
2/2
Dimensions

19.5 x 28.0 cm platemark; 19.6 x 28.1 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.centre, [incised plate] "Ruisdael ...". Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Tom Roberts 1931
Accession number
62.1998
Location
Not on display
Further information

Ruisdael made thirteen etchings in all, but it is not know from whom he learned the technique. This robustly executed print, showing a tumbledown cottage nestled within a group of trees, was executed not long after Ruisdael returned from his journey to the border region between the United Provinces and Westphalia in Germany. There he would have seen half-timbered vernacular buildings as depicted here. He continued to incorporate them into his works for the remainder of his career.

Bibliography (1)

Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Sydney, 1995, 6. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (2)

Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006