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Ships in a storm

Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display

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Object ID BHC0818
Description 'Ships in a Storm'. On a rough sea with large waves are a few three-masters depicted; the left one is the most distant one, while the right one is situated closest to the viewer. The painting has the same measurements as another painting by Mulier (BHC0821) with the same composition, but in reflection. The wave in the left foreground strongly resembles a similar one in the right foreground of the other painting. The viewpoint in this painting (BHC0818) is slightly higher and in the water the crests are more separated from the waves than in the other painting (BHC0821), where they are more fluently merged into each other. Right in the middle of the picture a piece of wood drifts in the sea. It has no signature drawn onto it, while in the other painting it has. The painting is quite light, thus showing quite some detail in the rendering of the ships. Whereas in BHC0821 the ships become less detailed when further in the distance, here they are painted with equal detail. The clouds are lit by sunlight (thick paint), but become very dark in the right corner. The foreground is also much darker and is rendered with less texture. In the lower right corner signed with M?
Date made 17th century

Artist/Maker Mulier, Pieter
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Presented by the Earl of Sandwich, 1956.
Materials oil on wood panel
Measurements Frame: 550 mm x 758 mm x 75 mm;Painting: 388 mm x 585 mm
  • Ships in a storm (BHC0818)
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