Simon de Vlieger
Best known for his marine subjects, Simon de Vlieger was also a distinguished landscape artist. The dense appearance of this drawing indicates that he worked on location, overwhelmed by the abundance of nature. The blue paper may have been chosen to suggest a dramatic, sombre mood. Drawings of this type were not intended as preparatory to paintings but rather as private exercises.
Materialsbrush and black and grey wash, heightened with opaque white, on blue laid paper
22.8 x 15.9 cm