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Ludolf Backhuysen

Dutch Ships in a Tempest

1662
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Canvas
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56 x 86 cm

Ludolf Backhuysen became Holland’s leading marine specialist when Willem van de Velde the Elder and the Younger (father and son) moved to London in 1672-1673. The artist elevated marine painting from a mere branch of landscape to a true art form. Central to his contribution are his storm scenes, which offered him the widest possible range of possibilities to explore the limits of dramatic expression. Dutch Ships in a Tempest was painted around 1662, early in the masters career. This early masterpiece which is painted primarily in grey tones, shows Backhuyzen’s indebtedness to Simon de Vlieger.

Artist Ludolf Backhuysen
Title Dutch Ships in a Tempest
Date 1662
Technique Oil
Materials Canvas
Dimensions 56 x 86
Signed & dated Signed in the boat in the right foreground: “L Bac”

Essay - Ludolf Backhuysen - Dutch Ships in a Tempest

Ludolf Backhuysen became Holland’s leading marine specialist when Willem van de Velde the Elder and the Younger (father and son) moved to London in 1672-1673. The artist elevated marine painting from a mere branch of landscape to a true art form. Central to his contribution are his storm scenes, which offered him the widest possible range of possibilities to explore the limits of dramatic expression. Dutch Ships in a Tempest was painted around 1662, early in the masters career. This early masterpiece which is painted primarily in grey tones, shows Backhuyzen’s indebtedness to Simon de Vlieger.

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With Rob Kattenburg, The Hague/Aerdenhout/ Breukelen/Bergen, 1993; with Charles Roelofsz, Amsterdam, 1999; private collection, Netherlands; with Noortman Master Paintings, Maastricht, c. 2005; private collection, Netherlands; Bijl-Van Urk, Alkmaar; acquired in 201

De Beer 2002, no. 11, pp. 46, 47, 186, ill. in colour (and a detail reproduced full page on p. 4); Maastricht 2007-2008, pp. 114, 115, ill., no. 18.

Kobe-Tokyo 1993-1994, pp. 40, 179, ill. in colour, no. 26; Amsterdam 2004, pp. 7, 46, 47, ill. in colour, no. 6; Maastricht 2007-2008, no. 18