National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Forest Scene Jacob van Ruisdael (artist)
Dutch, c. 1628/1629 - 1682
Forest Scene, c. 1655
oil on canvas
overall: 105.5 x 123.4 cm (41 9/16 x 48 9/16 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.80
On View
From the Tour: Dutch Landscapes and Seascapes of the 1600s
Object 6 of 8

Conservation Notes

The picture support is a moderate-weight fabric from which all tacking margins have been removed in the process of lining. The fabric was prepared with a thin, cream-colored ground over which a grayish brown imprimatura, sparsely pigmented and transparent, was laid. The landscape is modeled with paint applied in moderately thick layers, with slight impasto. The picture is in good condition.

The few small retouches that exist are concentrated in the sky along the top and righthand edges. An area of whitened retouch is located halfway up the right edge. The varnish is in poor condition, with numerous areas of delamination which are opaque. The painting has not been restored since its acquisition.

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