Jan van de Cappelle

Calm at the Mouth of a River

c. 1655-1665
Dutch sea painters of the 17th century can be divided into roughly two groups: the true marine painters who documented both historical events and vessels at sea, and those who painted the sea and ships for more aesthetic reasons. Fascinated by the beauty and charm of the waterways and the seasonal activities in the harbour, Jan van de Cappelle falls into the second group. While he owned a yacht and often ventured out to sea, his sea-pieces usually feature the inland waters and estuaries, animated by vessels of all shapes and sizes.
Title
Calm at the Mouth of a River
Date
c. 1655-1665
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
34.6 x 42.1 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 1926
Accession number
3451