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Seascape with Fishermen Jan van Goyen


Jan van Goyen Leiden, 1596 – The Hague, 1656

Culture Netherlandish
Date ca. 1646–1650
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on oak

36.1 × 32.1 cm

Inventory number 4305
Collection Old Master Paintings
On view Museum of Fine Arts, First Floor, European Art 1600–1700 and British Painting 1600–1800, Gallery X

Jan van Goyen was a tireless observer and faithful interpreter of the Dutch countryside. At the end of the 1630s his interest turned towards riverscapes and seascapes. The first example of his small-size pictures tackling this theme, composed in upright format, is his Calm Sea dated 1638 (London, National Gallery), which was followed by no fewer than twenty similar compositions. The Budapest version, the pleasing effect of which is created by its stronger illumination and lighter colours can be dated to the middle of the following decade. Although the painter populated the foreground with the figures of characteristic, hard-working fishermen, the protagonist “of the picture is the cloud-filled sky painted with great artistry”.

Ildikó Ember

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