Sunday, September 18, 2016

"The Bleaching Grounds near Haarlem"

"The Bleaching Grounds near Haarlem" is an oil canvas painted by Jacob van Ruisdael. The textbook refers to Ruisdael as the most versatile landscape artist. Also saying that although he painted sharply defined details, he drew attention to open stretches of the sky, water, and fields and used impressive differences of light and shadows. As you can see he painted the sky prominently showing the shadows and light from the sunbeams and how they cascade over the entire landscape. Ruisdael brings your attention to the sunlight that reflect on the land. The low slope edge including the skyline stretch over the whole width of this painting, while the buildings and trees follow the same path. I chose this painting because it brought back the same feeling I had when I viewed his other painting “Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede."

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