Ruisdael is regarded as the principal figure among Dutch landscape painters of the second half of the 17th century. His naturalistic compositions and style representing massive forms and his color range constituted a new direction towards a stricter sense of unity and simplification in landscape painting. The paint is broadly applied over wide areas, the gradations of color flowing into one another. Man is seemingly insignificant in comparison to the grandeur of nature. This work was painted in homage by a follower of Ruisdael during the first half of the 19th century while Ruisdael's work was enjoying great popularity during the Romantic Age. The original hangs in the Louvre, and was acquired by Louis XVI in 1784.