Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A View of Haarlem, Ruysdael

This painting depicts a typical Dutch landscape. The sky takes up the majority of the canvas, painted with such natural accuracy and realism. Beneath the rays of sun peaking through the clouds are strips of linen stretched across a field for the purpose of bleaching them. The red roofs, the distant windmill and church can be seen dotting the landscape. This painting speaks to the great expanse of nature and the tiny imprint that human activity has on it. Despite this being the picture of a town, the elements and marks of humanity are minimized and far less interesting than the scope of the natural world that Ruysdael captures. 

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