Painting by Dutch artist Jacob van Ruysdael “Landscape with a Waterfall”. The size of the painting is 142.5 x 196 cm, oil on canvas. Around 1670, Reisdal moved to the central part of the city, to Dam Square, where he acquired an apartment in the house of a bookseller and works of art Jerome Sveerts.
Most of the information about the life and work of the great landscape painter of Holland, Jacob van Reisdal, was collected by researchers of the painter only in the twentieth century, hundreds of years after his life. Therefore, at present there is not very much reliable information about the artist.
So, for a long time it was believed that the painter Jacob van Ruysdal died in poverty and oblivion in one of the poor houses of Haarlem, and only in 1932 did the historians of the Dutch baroque succeed in proving that not a great landscape painter died in poorhouse, but his cousin Jacob, son of the famous artist Salomon van Ruysdael.
The reason for the misunderstanding was the almost complete coincidence of the name, surname and profession of the deceased person. The cousin of the largest Dutch Baroque landscape painter was also a painter, and also signed his canvases as Jacob van Reisdal. In the last years of his life, the son of Salomon van Ruysdael really lost his mind and died on November 13, 1681, in the homeless shelter in the city of Haarlem.