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Viktor de Ruyter (b.1870) - Framed 1908 Oil, Countryside Brook



A fine original work by the German born artist Viktor de Ruyter (b.1870), depicting a rural countryside brook, with hay stooks in the distance. Ruyter has instilled a particular sense of both harmony and movement in this view, with an unusual perspective, possibly from a small footbridge. The trees balance the composition, contrasting with the verdant green banks. A fine handling of reflection in the medium completes this fine 1908 work.

Well-presented in a gilt wooden frame with inner grey painted detail, as shown.

Signed and dated. On board.


In very good condition overall, for a picture of this age. Inspection under UV light reveals several areas of surface restoration. Some light surface discolouration, and abrasion near the edges. The frame has some light wear and surface marks.


38.5 x 28.5cm (15.2" x 11.2")
Framed Size: 50.5 x 40.5cm (19.9" x 15.9")

Artist Biography

George Craig Spence was born in Glasgow, Scotland and studied stained glass at the Glasgow School of Art.|

Taking up a position as a graphic designer in 1959 in Toronto, Canada and later in New York, he renewed his interest in music and became a professional musician upon his return to London in 1959.

He returned to painting professionally in 1971 and has since become well known for his florals and unusual landscapes with floral foregrounds. The latter have a most recognisable style offering an extensive depth of field from the flowers through to distant fields and hills beyond.

He is married with two sons and continues to paint professionally. Exhibitions of his work include: Mansard Gallery - London, Lombard Gallery - Bromley, Seen Gallery - London, Stalfs - Toronto, Liberty’s - London, Spectrum - Dorking and Harrods - London.

Eight of his works have been published in print form by one of the Country’s leading art publishers.

More Information
Code kq412
Artist Viktor de Ruyter (b.1870)
Date 1908
Dimensions 38.5 x 28.5cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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