View of Haarlem from the Northwest, with the Bleaching Fields in the Foreground
(c. 1670s) is an oil
on canvas painting by the Dutch
landscape painter Jacob van Ruisdael
. It is an example of Dutch Golden Age painting
and is now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum
This painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot
in 1911, who wrote; "55. VIEW OF HAARLEM
, WITH BLEACHING-GROUNDS IN FRONT. Sm. Suppl. 52. In the immediate foreground is part of the hill, near Overveen
, from which one views the broad plain. Below, to the left, is a row of five gabled cottages roofed with red tiles ; on the meadow to the right long pieces of linen are spread out to bleach. The sun shines on the houses and part of the bleaching-grounds, but the shadow of a passing cloud lies on the edge of them. There is also a patch of light in the right middle distance, behind a farm hidden amid trees. At the back are the roofs and church towers of Haarlem, partly illumined by sunlight. The clouds are high in the sky. Signed in full on the left at foot ; canvas, 17 inches by 11 1/2 inches. In the collection of Baron van Nagell van Ampsen, The Hague, 1842 (Sm.).
Sale. A. W. C. Baron Nagell van Ampsen, The Hague, September 5, 1851, No. 54 (1750 florins, Roos). In the collection of L. Dupper, Amsterdam; bequeathed in 1870 to the Rijksmuseum. In the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Dupper bequest, 1910 catalogue, No. 2071." Read more...