View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds,
Oil on canvas
Acquired in 1827 (inv. no. 155)
This dynamic composition of Jacob van Ruisdael's native city of Haarlem was based on a sketch he made from the top of a high dune where he regularly hiked. More than two-thirds of the canvas is dominated by expertly rendered clouds and sky, inspired by the flat landscape of Holland.
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Haarlem landmarks on the horizon: From left to right, Bakenesse Church, Saint John's Church, the clock tower, the church of Saint Bavo, the town hall, and the tower of the New Church
The bleaching fields: The linen industry was enormously important to Haarlem's economy. In bleaching fields cloth was laid in sun around the edges of the city in a process that took several months