Swamp. Fragment, Jacob Isaks van Reisdal

Swamp. Fragment, Jacob Isaks van Reisdal
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  • Posted by Jacob Isaks van Reisdal
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1665-1669

Description of the picture :

Swamp. Fragment – Jacob Isaks van Reisdal. 1665-1669. Oil on canvas. 72.5×99
   Reisdal (1628 / 29-1682) was the largest landscape painter of his time. The Dutch landscape school has a wide variety of images of nature, and people are always present in them. Small nimble figures load or unload ships, hunt in forests, fill the streets of cities and villages. But there are other works of landscape painting, embodying the moment of philosophical generalization. These paintings include the Swamp.

   The picture shows the desert part of the forest, flooded with water. Powerful, slightly twisted trees rush to the sky their magnificent crowns, but some of these giants are already dead trunks, deprived of leaves. Such is the powerful, once beautiful oak, which fell into a swamp on the right side of the canvas, his neighbor is still trying to resist the fate, and a strong growth is developing around them. The dark waters of the swamp are motionless, but almost their entire surface is covered with light green flowers of water lilies. Only a noisy family of wild duck violates calm and silence in the old forest. The sun’s rays barely penetrate the damp thicket, and only small glare of light play on the surface of the water. Ancient oaks and young trees embody a retreating, doomed old and nascent new generation. The picture, therefore, acquires a hidden symbolic meaning, in which its philosophical content lies.