The little bridge
Jacob van Ruisdael
1628 or 1629 - buried 14 March 1682
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.
ii of 2 states
19.5 x 28.0 cm platemark; 19.6 x 28.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.centre, [incised plate] "Ruisdael ...". Not dated.
Bequest of Tom Roberts 1931
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Sydney, 1995, 6. no catalogue numbers