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Ruysdael, Salomon van
The Mariakerk at Utrecht The Mariakerk at Utrecht
1664 1664

Salomon van Ruysdael was born in Naarden near Amsterdam. He was inscribed in the painter’s guild in Haarlem in 1623, and lived there for the rest of his life. Ruysdael’s early work demonstrates the influence of Esaias van de Velde and Jan van Goyen and is characterized by a limited palette, areas of broadly applied paint and a horizontal format. In the 1650s Ruysdael began painting vertically oriented works with a more varied use of colour. “The Mariakerk at Utrecht” is a late work of Ruysdael’s and demonstrates the qualities of this stylistic shift. Ruysdael takes liberties with the setting of the Romanesque church, painting it beside the sea, not in the urban centre. This work was once part of a significant collection of Netherlandish works in Montreal amassed by Sir William Van Horne, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

 
Ruysdael, Salomon van
Naarden, Netherlands 1602-Haarlem, Netherlands 1670 Naarden, Netherlands 1602-Haarlem, Netherlands 1670
The Mariakerk at Utrecht The Mariakerk at Utrecht
1664 1664
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height / width: 63.50 x 56.00 cm; 25.00 x 22.05 in.
Purchase with the assistance of a grant approved by the Minister of Communications under the terms of the Canadian Cultural Property Export and Import Act, the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation, the Gallery Association, and private donors, 1994 Purchase with the assistance of a grant approved by the Minister of Communications under the terms of the Canadian Cultural Property Export and Import Act, the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation, the Gallery Association, and private donors, 1994
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