View of the IJ on a Stormy Day (1660) by Jacob van Ruisdael

View of the Ij on a Stormy Day - Jacob van Ruisdael - 1660

Artwork Information

TitleView of the Ij on a Stormy Day
ArtistJacob van Ruisdael
Date1660
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationWorcester Art Museum (WAM), Worcester, MA, UK
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About View of the Ij on a Stormy Day

“View of the IJ on a Stormy Day” is a captivating marine painting by the renowned Dutch artist Jacob van Ruisdael, believed to have been created around 1660. This work of art vividly captures the tumultuous atmosphere of a stormy day, with its dynamic composition and powerful depiction of the natural elements.

Jacob van Ruisdael, born around 1628-1629 and passing away in March 1682, was a prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher whose career spanned from 1646 until his death. His works are celebrated for their dramatic landscapes and seascapes, which often feature brooding skies and rugged terrain. “View of the IJ on a Stormy Day” is no exception, showcasing Ruisdael’s mastery in portraying the raw beauty and power of nature.

The painting itself measures 65.7 cm in height and 82.7 cm in width, and it is part of the collection at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. The museum, founded on May 10, 1898, allows photography of this piece and does not restrict the usage of such photographs, indicating that the image of the painting is in the public domain in the United States.

Ruisdael’s work has been extensively cataloged and exhibited, with references to various exhibitions and catalogs such as the Jacob van Ruisdael exhibition of 1981-1982 and the descriptive catalogue of the collection belonging to the Earl of Northbrook. His paintings are also listed in several Wikipedia articles across different languages, highlighting the global appreciation and recognition of his artistic contributions.

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