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A man and his dog cross a wooden bridge over rushing waterfalls. Though a few fishermen stand along the riverbank at left, the presence of man is dwarfed by the vastness of the landscape. The vigorously flowing water, the verdant lushness of the trees, and the profound expansiveness of the sky convey nature’s vitality.
The hilly topography and rocky waterfalls seen here are characteristic of the Scandinavian, rather than Dutch, landscape. Ruisdael adapted these motifs from the work of a colleague who journeyed to Norway and Sweden in the 1640s, and combined them with the forested landscape he observed on his own travels to the Dutch-German border in the 1650s.
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.