Salomon Van Ruysdael

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Salomon Van Ruysdael

Birthplace: Naarden, North Holland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in Haarlem, North Holland, The Netherlands
Place of Burial: Haarlem, North Holland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Jansz de Goyer
Father of Jacob Salomonszoon Van Ruysdael
Brother of Isaack Van Ruysdael; Jacob Jacobsz van Ruysdael; Hermanus de Goyer; Pieter de Goyer and Gerrit de Goyer

Occupation: Landscape artist
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About Salomon Van Ruysdael

Salomon van Ruysdael (c. 1602, Naarden - buried November 3 1670, Haarlem) was a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter. He was the uncle of Jacob van Ruisdael.


According to Houbraken he was the son of a woodworker specialized in making fancy ebony frames for mirrors and paintings. His father sent his sons Jacob and Salomon to learn Latin and medicine, and they both became landscape painters, specialized in ruis-daal, or trickling water through a dale, after their name. Jacob was registered with the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke and signed his paintings, while Salomon signed them much less often and was not a member for several years. Houbraken wrote that Salomon invented a way of creating sculpted ornaments that when they were polished, looked like polished marble. These were quite popular as a decoration on chests and picture frames, until the secret of their manufacture was discovered and widely copied.

Houbraken confused the members of the family Ruysdael. According to the RKD, Salomon was the brother of Isaack van Ruisdael, who before they moved to Haarlem, were called Gooyer or Gooier and they were sons of Jacob van Gooier the elder who was a furniture and frame maker in Naaarden. Both sons had sons they named after their father. Thus Salomon was the uncle, not the brother of Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael, and he was the father of Jacob Salomonsz Ruysdael. Salomon joined the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in 1623 (as Salomon de Gooyer), and he became a follower of Jan Porcellis and Esaias van de Velde. He travelled from Haarlem to Leiden, Utrecht, Amersfoort, Alkmaar, Rhenen, and Dordrecht, painting landscapes and stately homes. Of the four painters, Jacob Isaakszoon is the most famous today.


Salomon was known for his landscapes and river scenes, and there are a few fish still life paintings known.

  • Ferry Boat with cattle on the River Vecht near Nijenrode, 1649
  • Ferry on a River, 1649
  • View of Deventer Seen from the North-West, 1657

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Naarden, North Holland, The Netherlands
Age 27
Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Nederland
November 3, 1670
Age 68
Haarlem, North Holland, The Netherlands
November 1670
Age 68
Haarlem, North Holland, The Netherlands