31) Peasant huts with a sweep well. Jan Van Goyen 1596-1656
The son of a shoemaker, he made his career at The Hague. He was an extremely prolific painter. His thinly painted landscapes are charming and full of detail. These Dutch painters who all lived about the same time were part of an explosion of painters and painting that was encouraged by a burgeoning middle and merchant class that collected paintings. Unlike popes and princes these clients wanted pictures of their countryside, portraits and bawdy barroom scenes. They wanted things they knew rather than mythology or choirs of angels.
32) Jacob Van Ruisdael 1628-1692
Studied with his father, Isaac and Salomon Ruysdael Jacob was little appreciated in his time and lived in poverty. Jakob tended to build synthetic landscapes in the studio rather than painting actual places. He painted lots of forest pieces and excelled as a painter of trees.
33) After the rain, by Salomon Van Ruysdael 1600-1670
The uncle of Jacob Van Ruisdael. Salomon was best known as a painter of river scenes. Perhaps I should have chosen one of those but I am fond of this little scene. Below is a more typical picture.
River scene with a Ferry
images from art renewal.com