The Beach at Scheveningen

Image credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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Scheveningen, a fishing village on the northern Dutch coast near The Hague, was immortalised by many artists. Here it is identified by the church tower which rises into the swathes of cloud on the far right. An extensive, open sky occupies the bulk of the composition. Lustrous sunlight emanates from the horizon and spreads over the sea and the sandy beach. Closest to the viewer, a boat is shown in the shallows, resting on its keel. One member of the crew is hauling fish from the boat and another is walking towards the beach holding a net. Fish unloaded from the boat are laid out on the sand, where they lie glistening in the daylight as a crowd inspects them. These compact, sturdy figures are tightly packed together in a frieze-like composition.

National Maritime Museum



The Beach at Scheveningen




oil on panel


H 68.6 x W 106.7 cm

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S. De Vlieger Ao 1633


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