Kimbell's New Dutch Landscape Masterpiece Goes on Display

Jacob van Ruisdael's "Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield" in display May 16

The Kimbell Art Museum's newly acquired a 17th century work by a Dutch artist considered one of the greatest landscape painters goes on display Friday.

In March the Fort Worth museum announced the purchase of Jacob van Ruisdael's "Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield" from Oxford University's Worcester College. The school has had the painting since it was donated by an alumnus in 1811.

The 3 foot by 5 foot painting depicts billowing clouds above a scene featuring a stream with a forest on one side and a field on the other.

Ruisdael expert Seymour Slive says that the painting is "a world-class masterpiece" of "superior quality."

The painting has been at the museum since March but was not put on view because it was being reframed in an antique Dutch gilt frame.

"This painting is unsurpassed among Dutch landscapes and is certainly one of Ruisdael's most important achievements," said Kimbell Art Museum director Eric M. Lee in a news release. "We are honored to have it at the Kimbell and to share it with our visitors."

The painting goes on display Friday in the south gallery of the Louis Kahn Building. 

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