Stadsgezicht van Amersfoort. This is one of only two known views of Amersfoort painted by Ruysdael. The other is a much larger and earlier canvas of 1634, formerly in the collection of Jacques Goudstikker sold at Christie’s,9 July 2014, lot 13 ( £ 110.500). Although a quarter of a century separates the two views, Ruysdael has here chosen almost exactly the same viewpoint for the present painting, in the distance can be seen the two main churches of Amersfoort, the Lieve-vrouwe kerk ( Church of our Lady) and the Sint Joris kerk ( Church of Saint George ). The composition of both paintings is very similar with the view opening out of beyond the trees on the left towards the open countryside around Amersfoort, with a carriage and riders providing the staffage in both cases. As Ekkart observes, the tonal style favored by Ruysdael in the 1630s has given away to a crisper drawing style with greater contrasts in the sky. #

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