Hendrick van Anthonissen (1605/06 - 1660), 'Vessels on a rough sea'

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Literatuur: Catalogus Salomon Lilian 2003
Oil on panel
36.5 x 22.5 cm

Catalogue Salomon Lilian 2003

Related literature:
G.Keyes e.a, Mirror of an Empire, exhib.cat. Cambridge 1990, p.80
J. Giltay e.a., Lof der zeevaart, exhib.cat. Museum Boijmans Rotterdam 1996, pp. 203-205


Salomon Lilian Amsterdam, 2003

Hendrick van Anthonissen (1605/06 - 1660)

This panel with a maritime scene in shades of brown, also called brunaille, was painted by the maritime painter Hendrick van Anthonissen (1605 – 1656). This painter was active in Leiden and Leiderdorp, but spent the most part of his life in Amsterdam. He was the brother-in-law of the maritime painter Jan Porcellis. His oeuvre mostly consists of maritime views with calm seas or with storm, of which the current painting is an example, but he also produced sea battles and beach views. Hendrick van Anthonissen usually signed his work with the capitals HVA plus as many letters as he could fit at the location of his signature. This became his habit from 1633 onwards when he started to call himself van Anthonissen. Before that he called himself Hendrick Aertz or Hendrick Anthonisz after his father Aert Anthonisz. He then probably signed HA without the V.

The scene shows a trading ship on the left. In the foreground on the right a smaller boat can be seen. In the background there is a two-master as well as three smaller ships. The sky is thunderous and the sea is choppy with white peaks on the waves.

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