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The swamp. Fragment, Jacob Isaks van Reisdal

The swamp. Fragment, Jacob Isaks van Reisdal

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Reisdal (1628 / 29-1682) was the largest landscape painter of his time. Small nimble figures load or unload ships, hunt in forests, fill the streets of cities and villages. But there are other works of landscape painting, embodying a moment of philosophical generalization. Among these canvases is the “Swamp”.

The painting depicts the desert part of the forest, flooded with water. Powerful, slightly twisted trees rush their magnificent crowns to the sky, but some of these giants are already dead trunks, devoid of leaves. Such is the powerful, once beautiful oak tree that fell into the swamp on the right side of the canvas, its neighbor is still trying to resist the fate, and around them a strong shoot develops. The dark waters of the swamp are motionless, but almost all of their surface is covered with the light green of the flowers of water lilies. Only the noisy family of wild duck violates the calm and silence in the old forest. The sun's rays barely penetrate the damp thicket, and only small glare of light plays on the surface of the water. Ancient oaks and young trees embody the departing, doomed old and nascent new generation. Thus, the picture takes on a hidden symbolic meaning, in which its philosophical content lies.


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