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Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield

Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield

"Jacob van Ruisdael, one of the greatest landscape painters of all time, flourished in the latter half of the seventeenth century, Holland's Golden Age. Born in Haarlem in 1628 or 1629, the son of a painter and picture dealer, Ruisdael was probably tutored by his uncle Salomon van Ruysdael, another landscape painter. Ruisdael began painting in his teenage years and moved to Amsterdam in 1655, shortly before he began Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield. Paintings from this period in his life are the ones for which he is most renowned. They typically emphasize the majestic power of natural forms - "noble trees and cloud-filled skies" - and an increased mastery of light effects to give those forms emotional resonance..." Read more

A Rake's Progress

"A Rake’s Progress tells the story of the fictional Tom Rakewell in a series of eight paintings. Tom inherits a fortune from his miserly father – but then follows a path to vice and destruction.

Painted in 1733, it followed the hugely successful A Harlot's Progress (1730) – another ‘modern moral subject’ – which was sadly destroyed in a fire in 1755...." Read more


1. The Heir - Tom finds new wealth

The Heir



2. The Levée - Tom rises in society

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3. The Orgy - The descent begins

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4. The Arrest - The party ends

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5. The Marriage - Tom's desperate sham

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6. The Gaming House - Tom loses everything

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7. The Prison - The beginning of Tom’s end

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8. The Madhouse - The end of the line

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