Jacob Van Ruisdael / by Geoff Harrison

"Bleaching Ground In A Hollow Near A Cottage"  Oil on Canvas   1645-1650

I've always admired the dark, brooding work of this artist.  He is able to invoke an intimate relationship with the landscape so that the viewer becomes a participant in the scene rather than a detached observer.  Direct observation of Van Ruisdael's scenes can lead to inward meditation and he achieves this by capturing a particular light or moment.