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Painting Title River Scene
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist After Ruysdael, Salomon van (Dutch painter, born ca. 1602, died 1670)
Date 1641 (dated)
Signed yes
Description An oval depiction of a river with fishermen in their boats near a wooded bank where more small figures can be seen. The painting is a copy of a river scene by Ruysdael in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Baumreiches Flußufer, inv. no. 1384), which has a pendant (Dorf unter Bäumen, inv. no. 1383), dated 1633; both paintings in Dresden are painted on wood. Salomon van Ruysdael usually signed his paintings 'S.V.R' and YORAG : 823 is not in his style of 1640s but rather in his early style of 1630s.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 823
Inscription front lc (on the boat) 'S.R. 1641'
Subject landscape, figure
Measurements 81.5 x 61.5 cm (oval)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance Max Rothschild; purchased by F.D. Lycett Green 1942.
Principal Exhibitions F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 110.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 61 as after Salomon van Ruisdael; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, p. 119, as after S. van Ruisdael; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 265 as Dutch School.
Notes

Francis Denis Lycett Green (1893-1959) was a member of the wealthy industrial Green family from Wakefield that was among the great philanthropic benefactors of York. He began buying pictures during the 1920s, advised by some of the most famous art historians of the day. By the 1940s, he owned examples from almost every school and period of European Art – a comprehensive collection of over 130 paintings dating back from the early 14th century to the end of the 18th century, representing every important European school of art. In 1952, he offered it to the National Gallery of South Africa, having moved to Cape Town in the hope that the climate would improve his health (which was poor because he was badly injured in the First World War). However when a dispute arose with the Cape Town Gallery, Francis withdrew his pictures in protest and shipped them back to England. The entire collection of 130 pictures was at first on loan to the York Art Gallery and in the spring of 1955 he decided to give it to the Gallery.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka
 

 

 

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