Haarlem 1628/1629 - 1682 Amsterdam
Canvas, 65 x 85 cm
National Museum of Art, Copenhagen
Van Ruisdael’s trees are in full leaf, but if we look more closely this picture also contains references to the transience of life. An overgrown tree-stump lies beside the path and a dead shoot protrudes above the crown of the large tree in the foreground. The sunny path winding its way into the wood brings depth to the composition, but the vista through is nonetheless limited; our gaze is halted at the impenetrable wood’s edge.