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Ruisdael's many paintings of rocky landscapes with waterfalls are often characterized as Scandinavian scenes, even though the artist never visited this region. The paintings are instead influenced by the works of Allart van Everdingen, who traveled to Norway and Sweden in the mid-1640s and popularized images of Scandinavian scenery. The vogue for Northern landscapes may have led Ruisdael to undertake a similar trip to the Dutch-German border in the 1650s and this is likely the direct source for many of his paintings of waterfalls.
Lord Gwydyr, London, England 10 March 1829; Harman, London England; Christie's London England; R.R. Reinagle, London England 1831; John Dean Thompson; Baron von Mecklenburg, Paris France 11 December 1854; Pereire, Paris France 6 March 1872; Leon Gaucherel Gallery, Paris, France; Prince Demidoff, San Donato, Italy 15 March 1880; Christie's, London England; American Art Galleries, New York, New York; M.C.D. Borden, New York, New York 1913; Dr. A. Canfield, New York, New York; Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., New York, New York; James W. Fesler, Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the John Herron Art Institute now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in 1944.