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A Unique Pair of Dutch Landscape Paintings
Each signed I.v.R. and dated 1638
Izaäck van Ruysdael (Naarden 1599–1677)
Courtesy of Daatselaar & Godhelp BV, Antiques and Fine Art Dealers
, The Netherlands

A castle in ruins with castle-moat or river A church in ruins in a landscape with figures
Oil on panel Oil on panel
IvR, monogram, 1638 IvR, monogram, 1638
13 x 28 1/2 inches (72.5 x 33 cm) 12 2/5 x 28 1/2 inches (72.5 x 31.5 cm)

Although one might argue that these paintings are less subtle than those of the great seventeenth-century landscape artists, one has to bear in mind that these paintings precede the works of eminent painters such as Jan van Goyen and Jacob van Ruysdael. This is not surprising, however, since Izaäck was Jacob van Ruysdael’s father and Salomon van Ruysdael’s elder brother, who was a famous landscape artist himself. Until now, only about ten paintings have been attributed to Izaäck van Ruysdael. Daatselaar and Godhelp had the opportunity to acquire both panels from a private collector, and fortunately both paintings can now be shown again, after having been hidden for almost a century. From a historical point of view, the “discovery” of these works by van Ruysdael is important, as they shed new light on the artistic development of Salomon and Jacob van Ruysdael.

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