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A View of Rhenen seen from the West

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Dawn is breaking over the town of Rhenen, but already the cows are alert, drinking in the river, and boats are moving upstream. The sweep of the clouds, the outward curve of the sails and the ripples on the water suggest a slight breeze. The Dutch flag lifts slightly on the boat closest to us. Salomon van Ruysdael has used a limited palette of muted, earthy colours here to convey the almost luminous quality of early morning light over a wide, flat landscape with an expanse of water.

The National Gallery, London





Oil on wood


H 30.5 x W 41.3 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Nicholas A. Argenti with a life interest to Mrs Argenti, 1963

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