Salomon van Ruysdael (1600/03–1670) was called De Goyer until he and his brother Isaack changed their name to Ruysdael, after the castle near their father's native Blaricum. Salomon’s nephew Jacob was the only member of the family to spell their new name with an 'i': Ruisdael. Salomon lived in Haarlem, and seems to have travelled widely in the Netherlands since he painted views of various Dutch cities. Although we no longer know who taught Salomon van Ruysdael landscape painting, his early work was clearly influenced by Esaias van de Velde, who painted vivid river views. In the 1630s, Ruysdael and Jan van Goyen developed a new, monochrome style.