​Jacob van Ruisdael - The mill of WijkOil on coat, 1670, 83 x 101 cm, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam



Description and interpretation of the famous painting "The Mill of Wijk" by Jacob von Ruisdael!

Jacob van Ruisdael - The mill of Wijk

A mill rises majestically on the right side of the picture. A man steps out of the mill entrance and leans against the railing. In the background a village ducks anxiously into the flat surroundings. The boat seems frozen on the water, the three ladies on their way in rigid unity with their surroundings. Even the soft cloud formation moves slowly from one side to the other. Time - seems to stand still in this picture.

The painter's preference to show flat landscapes in combination with dominant cloud formations is also expressed here. Ruisdael had travelled many places in his life, but remained in Amsterdam for the last 15 years of his life. While the early works were characterized by a heroic and idealizing view of the world, in the later Ouevre the pictorial space increasingly opens up into the depths. The pictures can now also show dark moods. Here, too, one only thinks to see the "calm before the storm" in front of him. The clouds are already getting darker - is a storm already looming?

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