Jacob van Ruisdael – National Gallery (London) NG2567. Vessels in a Fresh Breeze (probably c. 1660-1665)
Materials: oil on canvas. Dimensions: 44.5 x 54.6 cm. Inscriptions: signed. Acquisition: Salting bequest, 1910. Nr.: NG2567. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/vessels-in-a-fresh-breeze-116161.
Jacob van Ruisdael was primarily a landscape painter but he did paint a handful of seascapes. In this painting he has chosen a high viewpoint, with more than half the canvas being devoted to a dramatic cloudscape.
None of Ruisdael’s seascapes are dated and they are, therefore, difficult to place in his career. There is a group of seascapes influenced by Jan Porcellis (about 1584 – 632), which are presumably early works. This belongs to the group of more mature seascapes and probably dates from the early 1660s (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/jacob-van-ruisdael-vessels-in-a-fresh-breeze).