Dutch Masterpiece By Ruisdael Acquired By The Kimbell Art Museum

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Dutch Masterpiece By Ruisdael Acquired By The Kimbell Art Museum

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The

Kimbell Art Museum announced today the acquisition of Edge of a Forest

with a Grainfield, c. 1656, an exceptional work by one of the greatest

landscape painters of all time, Jacob van Ruisdael. As the leading

exponent of the Dutch landscape tradition in the 17th century,

Ruisdael was renowned for his love of nature and for his ability to

render its glories in paint. The remarkable work, impressively large

and in near-perfect condition, is considered by experts to be among

the greatest Dutch landscapes in the world.

"Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield epitomizes Ruisdael's mastery of

landscape painting, uniting an unprecedented observation of nature

with a sympathetic feeling for the bounteous glory of the Dutch

countryside," commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art

Museum. "It is an imposing complement to the Kimbell's Rough Sea at a

Jetty, one of his most important seascapes. Whether depicting the sea

or the land, these paintings attest to Ruisdael's profound love of

nature in all its forms."

Seymour Slive, professor emeritus in the department of fine arts at

Harvard University, former director of the Harvard University Art

Museums, and the world's greatest authority on Ruisdael, called the

painting "a world-class masterpiece," describing it as "an unusually

large, signed, and almost miraculously well-preserved masterwork by

the greatest and most versatile-by far-17th-century Dutch


Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield was donated by an alumnus to Oxford

University'sWorcester College in 1811. Except for its appearance in

exhibitions, including the famous Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition

of 1857, the painting remained in the possession of Worcester College

until its purchase by the Kimbell Art Foundation through a private

treaty sale negotiated by Christie's, London, represented by Nicholas


The painting is in remarkably good condition. Before it is put on

display at the Kimbell this April, director of conservation Claire

Barry will delicately adjust small areas of old restoration. The

landscape will be enhanced by an antique Dutch frame, dated to

approximately 1730, in the French style, typical of the luxurious but

restrained frames placed on paintings by Ruisdael in the century after

his death.

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