Bread Field - Jacob van Reusdal. 100x130.2
Jacob van Reusdal, an outstanding Dutch master of landscape genres, captured on canvas a wonderful image of his native land. The plain expanses, depicted as a living creature, seem to be animated by the all-subjugating force of nature.
The composition of the picture is built on a central perspective, supported by the road in the foreground, dividing the composition into two parts. With her slightly twisting movement, she draws the viewer's gaze to the buildings, through the trees peering at the background. A low horizon allows the cloudy sky, which occupies two-thirds of the canvas, to expand to its full breadth. In some places, the sun's rays manage to break through the clouds, spilling gold in the fields, reflecting in different shades in light and shadow.
Three lonely figures distinguishable on the road - a woman with a child and a traveler walking towards them - seem lost in the majestic picture of nature, as if demonstrating that life obeys not human, but higher laws. The dry branches and tree trunks in the foreground, apparently, reflect the concept of vanitas (vanity) - the mortality of earthly existence. The dormant state dominating the composition is disturbed by a slight trepidation and subtle melancholy anxiety, reflecting the romantic drama of the artist’s temperament.