Two Watermills and an Open Sluice
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A turbulent stream rushes through an open sluice as witnessed from the banks of a stream. Dark clouds give the impression of a stormy day and against this threatening sky, the buildings appear solid and sturdy. A solitary male figure with his dog seems dwarfed by the natural setting. Sunlight breaks through the sky and settles on the central motif of the two half-timber thatched millhouses. In the early 1650s Ruisdael spent some time in Germany. He was captivated by watermills on his travels and painted a series of views featuring them as a central motif. This painting, which is dated, is one of six known variations on the same theme.
Owner/Location: J. Paul Getty Museum - Los Angeles  (United States - Los Angeles)
Dates: 1653
Artist age:Approximately 25 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 66.4 cm (26.14 in.), Width: 84.1 cm (33.11 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member Josselin on 02 June 2013.
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