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Dutch painter, draughtsman, etcher, and draughtswoman Jacob van Ruisdael was born in 1744. He is considered the most important landscape painter of the Golden Age of the Netherlands, a period when the Dutch were at the height of their wealth and painting became very popular. He also drew on his own experiences and drew from nature.

While Ruisdael was an outstanding landscape painter, he lacked any human activity. His paintings often depict featureless fields and decrepit trees and unidentifiable buildings. The artist's works are based on the Dutch countryside and resemble those of Allart van Everdingen and Rembrandt. In fact, the artist's work is very similar to the landscapes painted by Allart van Everdingen.

Ruisdael's style evolved gradually after 1656. His work became more spacious, and his palette became brighter. Although he still evoked the forests that he had visited in his youth, his landscapes became more abstract and realistic after 1656. Later, he began to focus more on the Dutch countryside, depicting the wheatfields with a low horizon and a broad, cloudy sky. Some of his paintings show small figures surrounded by landscapes.

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