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Jacob van Ruisdael (Haarlem c. 1628-Amsterdam 1682)

Evening Landscape: a Windmill by a Stream c.1650

Oil on canvas | 79.1 x 102.4 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405538

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This is domestic terrain, with a windmill, farmstead, distant village and bleaching fields, and yet Ruisdael’s depiction is grave and stern, rather than pretty. The day is blustery and the clouds substantial, creating a dark foreground and flashes of light in the middle distance. The forms, especially in the foreground, have a rough texture and jagged outline. A single figure, swathed in black, walks away from us.

Acquired by George IV in 1810, when Prince of Wales