Jacob van Ruysdael was a Dutch painter who lived in the 17th century. He was the nephew of Salomon van Ruysdael and was educated by his uncle and Cornelius Vroom, who were both landscape painters. Jacob van Ruysdael initially worked in their style and painted small scenes of nature with strong natural experiences.
After he moved to Amsterdam in 1659, he became more free in his style and choice of motifs. He was influenced by Allart Everdingen's Nordic landscapes and searched for a stronger effect and more emphasis on the atmosphere in his landscapes. He liked to combine different motifs from different places in the same picture.
Ruysdael was best known for his simple, realistic pictures, such as the Mill at Wijk. He was also a skilled eraser. One of his works, Landscape, is represented in the National Museum/National Gallery in Oslo.
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