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Still Life of Fish on the Shore at Egmond aan Zee Abraham van Beijeren

Artist

Abraham van Beijeren The Hague 1620/1621 – 1690 Overschie

Date ca. 1660
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas
Dimensions

86.5 x 102 cm
with frame: 113 x 130 cm

Inventory number 5641
Collection Old Master Paintings
On view This artwork is not on display

Van Beijeren was commissioned in 1649 by the fishermen’s guild to paint a votive tablet for the church of Maassluis. The inscription of that picture gives thanks to God for the richness of the sea and asks for His help against the waves and the raids of pirates. The paintings, which are framed by carved and gilt cartouches and Corinthian columns, represent seascapes with fishermen’s boats, and still lifes of hooked fish of various species in four fields. The closing sentence of the text reminds the reader of the fact that fishermen although simple people, make a decent living from their jobs, and that Jesus chose his first disciples from
among them.

Ildikó Ember

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