Wooded Landscape with Waterfall and Approaching Storm, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael
Wooded Landscape with Waterfall and Approaching Storm
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Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael

Wooded Landscape with Waterfall and Approaching Storm, ca. 1655

56.0 x 66.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1819
Not on display


About the Work

Dark clouds push their way in front of the sun; the wind blows in fits and starts. Peasants seek refuge in their huts. The sense of restlessness has also infected the brook pouring over the rocks in a small foaming waterfall at the lower edge of the scene. Even the chapped tree trunks seem to quake with apprehension. The rising storm is almost palpable. Every one of Jacob van Ruisdael’s brushstrokes is instilled with the change in the weather. It is not least of all for that quality that he is considered the most innovative landscape painter of the Dutch ‘Golden Age’.

Work Data

Basic Information

Wooded Landscape with Waterfall and Approaching Storm
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links: JVR

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1819

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Research and Discussion


Object History
Kunsthändler L. Arbeiter, Mainz
verkauft, fl 1200, an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, am 22. April 1819.


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