Hendrikus Egbertus ten Cate, Dutch, 1868 - 1955, Almelo, by 1955.
December 1-15, 1964
C.G. Boerner, no. 86
A. Schwarz, Dutch, 1897 - 1989
Art Market California
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Dead Tree by a Stream at the Foot of a Hill
Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/1629 - 1682)
Black chalk, point of brush and light and dark gray washes
14.4 × 18.9 cm (5 11/16 × 7 7/16 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
For Jacob van Ruisdael, decayed trees with bare, twisted branches could speak as eloquently as thriving ones. The aged tree was a long-standing theme in Dutch and
Ruisdael focused this
Ruisdael began by sketching the composition in black chalk. He then brushed in a range of tones of gray wash, creating a rich diversity of textural and light effects, especially on the right.
Subjects reflecting life's uncertainty and brevity were popular in post-Reformation Holland, where religious painting had nearly disappeared. The vanitas themes adopted by Dutch still life painters came from the same urge to record the fleeting character of nature.