Made by Jacob van Ruisdael / Dune Landscape with Oak Tree} / 1650-55Made by Jacob van Ruisdael
Dune Landscape with Oak Tree}

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Creator Name: Ruisdael, Jacob van
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Dutch, 1628-1682
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Jacob van Ruisdael
Title: Dune Landscape with Oak Tree}
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1650
Creation End Date: 1655
Creation Date: 1650-55
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Black chalk; brush and gray wash; gouache; framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (21.0 x 19.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1995.196
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1995

The image of the oak tree is one for which Ruisdael is justly well known. In this highly finished drawing, which must have had an independent status since the artist monogrammed it, the majestic tree takes center stage atop a dune around which a small stream trickles. The footbridge crossing the gulley and the thatch hut nestled in the trees introduce a human element, whereas the high dunes in the background enhance the heroic character of this intimate view of nature imparted by its composition. With simply a light sketch in chalk elaborated with semi-opaque gray washes, Ruisdael created a sense of atmosphere and deeply receding space that belie the size of the paper on which the drawing is made.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1995.196
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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