Sunday, 8 January 2017

Nour-Eddine Jarram / Jacob van Ruisdael



Jacob van Ruisdael
The Forest Stream
ca.1660
oil on canvas
99,7 x 129,2 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York



The old master that came into my life in recent years is definitely Jacob van Ruisdael. Three years ago, I relocated from the city of Enschede to a small village near the border. There, I found a studio situated on a farm in the middle of rural Twente. All at once, I was confronted with the beauty of this landscape. Everywhere around me, I perceived the paintings of the old Dutch masters and of Jacob van Ruisdael in particular, who also worked for some time right across the border in the German town of Bad Bentheim. I became fascinated by the Romanticism in his landscapes, an idea that was employed in order to emphasize melancholy or Weltschmerz. The fact that Ruisdael composed his paintings according to his own taste, appealed to me and led me to reinterpreting his landscapes.
Nour-Eddine Jarram, 2016





Nour-Eddine Jarram (MA/NL)
No title (after Ruisdael)
2014
pastel on paper
103 x 150 cm



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