oil on oak panel unframed: 36 x 48 cm (14.2 x 18.9 inches) framed: 57 x 70 cm (22.4 x 27.6 inches)
Provenance: A private collection, Finland
Essay: We are delighted to present a significant piece from the Dutch School, most likely dating back to the late 17th century. This captivating painting showcases the dynamic force of nature with three ships vigorously navigating through stormy waters. The foreground is a scene of nautical struggle, as figures are depicted working intensely with the sails, steering, and bracing against the tumultuous sea.
In the serene background, the silhouette of a quaint town emerges, with spires from churches and the outlines of various buildings is visible. This juxtaposition of the calm town against the chaotic foreground serves as a powerful reminder of the unpredictability of life and nature.
Dominating the canvas, the sky occupies two-thirds of the painting, filled with brooding clouds that occasionally break to reveal patches of blue. The presence of birds adds a dynamic element to the otherwise ominous atmosphere.
While the artist remains unknown, the work is quintessentially Dutch in its execution, with meticulous attention to detail and a profound understanding of maritime life. The painting's oval shape is quite distinctive and is complemented by a suitably antique octagonal black frame, which adds to its historical charm.
This piece is a testament to the mastery of Dutch maritime painting and would make a profound statement in any collection. It reflects not only the artistry of the period but also the rich seafaring culture that is an integral part of Dutch heritage.
Condition: Recently restored by our Art Conservator in Stockholm. The panel is flat and stable, and the colors are bright and clear. Ready to hang.
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