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A Cornfield, in the Background the Zuiderzee

A Cornfield, in the Background the Zuiderzee

Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael (in circa 1660)

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  • francois Terral asked

    Bonjour, avant qu'il soit dans la collection de M. Boijmans, sait-on à qui était ce tableau ?
    Pouvez-vous me dire à quoi pouvaient bien servir ces piquets et barres en bois que l'on voit au premier plan à gauche et au fond à gauche ?
    (Je viens de faire une copie et ma curiosité est plus grande. rien sur le net ne m'a donné de réponse...).
    Merci à vous !
    françois (Toulouse - France)

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Cher Francois, excuse me for answering in English; my French is not sufficient. Unfortunately we don't have any information about the provenance of this painting before Mr. Boijmans. The scene is probably painted near the town of Naarden, close to what once was the 'Zuiderzee' (Southern Sea), which is now the 'IJsselmeer' (Lake of IJssel). The wooden poles seem to be chopped trees, and it seems to me that the long branches are used for fencing and (in the background) as masts on boats. Good luck with your copy. Kind regards, Els


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  • What do you see?

The painting shows a typical Dutch landscape with the feeling of a heavily clouded day, where the sun has the chance to break through now and again. A large part of the canvas is devoted to the sky. The scene is probably inspired by the area around Naarden near the Zuiderzee, where Ruisdael worked. Sun-kissed fields of corn already appeared at the start of Ruisdael's career, but this painting probably dates from the 1660s.

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Title A Cornfield, in the Background the Zuiderzee
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 71 cm
Height 61 cm
Artists Painter: Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Accession number 1742 (OK)
Credits From the estate of F.J.O. Boijmans, 1847
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1847
Creation date in circa 1660
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Georges Michel, le Paysage sublime (2017)
Georges Michel, le paysage sublime (2018)
Van Ruisdael & Van Frijtom (2022)
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael

Haarlem 1628/1629 - Amsterdam 1682

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