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Title Landscape with Fishermen
Collection Watford Museum
Artist Attributed to Verboom, Adriaen Hendricksz. (Dutch painter, ca.1628-ca.1670)
Previously attributed to Ruisdael, Jacob van (Dutch painter and draftsman, born 1628 or 1629, died 1682)
Date Earliest about 1650
Date Latest about 1660

Verboom depicted the wide, winding form of a river that flows into the middle distance of the composition. Interest is brought to the painting through the focus on the rise of the riverbanks that almost appear to form hills in this otherwise flat landscape. This appealing composition exemplifies the way that artists confronted the challenge of depicting the local landscape at a time when mountainous scenes were popular.

Verboom was inspired by the work of Jacob van Ruisdael, with whom he was in contact during a period in Amsterdam.

Current Accession Number WATMC:2004.586
Former Accession Number M14
Inscription front ll 'Ruysdael'
Subject landscape; figure
Measurements 14.6 x 19.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by E.T. Burr 1930.
Publications Harwood, L. B., Paintings and Watercolour Drawings in the Watford Museum: A Catalogue of Selected Pictures, Watford, 1992, cat. no.146, pp. 99-100.
Notes In the past the attribution of this work was confused by the presence of the false signature 'Ruysdael'. Stylistic comparison with known autograph works by Adriaen Verboom suggests his authorship.
Rights Owner Watford Museum
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings



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