Jacob van Ruysdael

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Jacob van Ruysdael
Hill, wooded landscape with a river, bridge, horesman

Van Ruisdael has shaped landscape painting traditions from the English Romantics to the Barbizon school in France, and the Hudson River School in the US, as well as generations of Dutch landscape artists. Among the English artists influenced by Van Ruisdael are Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, and John Constable. Gainsborough drew, in black chalk and grey wash, a replica of a Van Ruisdael in the 1740s—now both paintings are housed in the Louvre in Paris. Turner made many copies of Van Ruisdaels and even painted fantasy views of a nonexistent port he called Port Ruysdael. Constable also copied various drawings, etchings and paintings by Van Ruisdael, and was a great admirer from a young age. "It haunts my mind and clings to my heart", he wrote after seeing a Van Ruisdael.[94] However, he thought Jewish Cemetery was a failure, because he considered that it attempted to convey something outside the reach of art. 

In the 19th century, Vincent van Gogh acknowledged Van Ruisdael as a major influence, calling him sublime, but at the same time saying it would be a mistake to try to copy him. Van Gogh had two Van Ruisdael prints, The Bush and a Haerlempje, on his wall, and thought the Van Ruisdaels in the Louvre were "magnificent, especially The Bush, The Breakwater and The Ray of Light". His experience of the French countryside was informed by his memory of Van Ruisdael's art. Van Gogh's contemporary Claude Monet is also said to be indebted to Van Ruisdael. Even Piet Mondriaan's minimalism has been traced back to Van Ruisdael's panoramas.

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