Mostly landscape and cityscape paintings. For a tag cloud of the painters see bottom of the page. Because the tag cloud allows only 45 names, all the painters are are included in the category list at bottom of the page.

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).

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