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Ships in a gale
Ships in a gale Ships in a gale

By Jan Porcellis

Ships in a gale
Ships in a gale Ships in a gale

In subtle brown and gray tones, from silver-white to imminent darkness, Jan Porcellis knew the natural forces. Also in this painting, you feel almost the atmosphere of the wild sea in stormy weather, with high waves and turbulent air. Other marine painters followed his example; and landscape and still life painters began to make so-called monochrome paintings in the 1620s. City historian Samuel Ampzing praised Porcellis in his 1628 book as “the biggest constenar in ships”, or “Haarlem’s largest seaman”.

Year

1618

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Material

oil on panel

Dimensions

47 × 71 cm

Credit

Frans Hals Museum, Acquired with support of Stichting Mr. Cornelis Roozen Fonds, Mondriaan Fund and the Rembrandt Association - with thanks to Daan Cevat Fonds and the Coleminks Fonds, photo: Ton van der Heide

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