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At dusk, a thunderstorm threatens to break in a cloud-filled sky. On the left, a small sprit-rigged vessel, crammed with fishermen, bobs gently in the water. Her sprit-sail is half lowered as she runs before the wind. This vessel flies the Dutch flag and serves as an introduction to the composition. Next to it, three men pull a heavily laden rowing boat through the water towards her. They are huddled against the stiff breeze with the waves high around them. The sails of other boats billow in the strong breeze. The wind gently beats the sea into compact, nimbly rendered crests.
Van Goyen was a celebrated and prolific marine artist who developed the trend away from the colourful mannerist styles begun by Jan Porcellis and the Dutch realists. Though a relatively successful painter van Goyen died amid crippling debts in 1656, his poverty being the unhappy result of investment in ‘tulip mania’ during the 1630s.
oil on panel
H 25.5 x W 30.5 cm