View of Haarlem with Bleaching Fields

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View of Haarlem with Bleaching Fields
View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds c1665 Ruisdael.jpg
ArtistJacob van Ruisdael
Dimensions62.2 cm × 55.2 cm (24.5 in × 21.7 in)
LocationKunsthaus Zürich, Zurich

View of Haarlem with Bleaching Fields (c. 1670–1675) is an oil on canvas painting by Dutch painter Jacob van Ruisdael. It is an example of Dutch Golden Age painting and is now in the collection of the Kunsthaus Zürich.

This painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1911, who wrote; "92. The Haarlem Bleaching-Grounds. In the left foreground is a marshy pool surrounded with trees. A road leads from it up a hill towards the right background. In the middle distance is part of the bleaching-grounds; large pieces of linen are spread out near cottages, and many persons are at work. In the distance is the town of Haarlem, dominated by the church of St. Bavo. The sky is filled with great masses of cloud which overshadow almost the whole landscape; stray sunbeams illumine part of the town and the bleaching-grounds. Signed in full in the left-hand bottom corner; canvas, 24.5 inches by 21.7 inches. Exhibited at Düsseldorf, 1886, No. 288. Sale. Count Sierstorpff, Berlin, April 19, 1887, No. 67.[1]

Other versions[edit]

This scene is very similar to other panorama paintings Ruisdael made in this period and these Haerlempjes often served as inspiration for later painters of landscape, such as Jacob Maris of the Hague School.


  1. ^ Entry 92 for The Haarlem Bleaching Grounds in Hofstede de Groot, 1912 (English translation)
  • Volume IV translated from the German original. A catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch painters of the seventeenth century based on the work of John Smith. Translation in English and edited by Edward G. Hawke and assisted by Kurt Freise by Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis, 1863-1930; Smith, John, dealer in pictures, London, 1912
  • View of Haarlem with bleaching field in the foreground, ca.1670-1675 in the RKD