The artist never really saw waterfalls. But at the same time he could portray them as faithfully as possible and very simply. The viewer could not even think that Reisdal did not really see these tumultuous streams flowing from the mountains.
We see water falling from stone to stone. It seems that even a moment, and we will be able to hear a powerful rumble and feel the magic spray. The artist’s skill is really impressive. The water in his picture is as if alive.
In the picture Raysdalhotel convey the full power of the overflowing water flow. The composition here is developed in width. Rough water, fancy stones and virgin trees become one. The nature of the image is predetermined by the movement of water. Motion determines the whole character of the image. The stream noisily falls off the cliffs and flows foamed somewhere away. On his way he picks up the trees that have fallen. He carries them, breaking and crushing into small pieces.
In this grand creation, the painter concentrates in the foreground all the power of unbridled movement. Water is limited by huge stones. The flow from this indignantly boils. Shy his shores of stone. On the right, we see that the birch broke and fell into the water. The bark attracts our gaze with its incredible whiteness.
This motif is important in the whole composition of this canvas. It is needed in order to maximize and deliberately emphasize the movement depicted. In the depths of the landscape is incredibly calm. A bright contrast is created, which gives nature a special sound.
The shores restrict the unbridled stream and prevent it from breaking free. Contrasts of light and shadows are specially relaxed. Long-range plans are depicted more calmly. In the whole picture the mood of idyll prevails. The figure of the shepherd strengthens him.
The canvas is really grand. If we take into account that Ruysdal wrote waterfalls only with the help of a support on the paintings of another artist, who was his best other, then the realism in transmitting this element is twice as impressive.