Willem van de Velde the Younger 02 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #135

Willem van de Velde the Younger  (1633–1707)

A ship in the open sea in a flying storm/ De windstootc. 1680

Oil on canvas

h 77cm × b 63,5cm

Rijksstudio

A large ship is in distress. A gust of wind broke the mast and one of the sails broke loose. It is a seventy-one British warship. Willem van de Velde II joined the English royal family in 1672, together with his father, who was also a marine painter. More on this painting

Willem van de Velde the Younger  (1633–1707)

The Cannon Shot/ Het kanonschot, Circa 1680

Oil on canvas

Height: 78.5 cm (30.9 in); Width: 67 cm (26.3 in)

Rijksmuseum 

A Dutch warship in a calm, with its sails loosed, fires a cannon shot. Two sloops float to either side of the man-of-war, and another Dutch ship with lowered sails can be seen in the distance. The tranquillity of this scene contrasts starkly with The Gust (Above), in which a storm-battered English warship drifts rudderless on the high waves. More on this painting

The gunshot has been painted with great care, in a realistic style. It is unclear whether Van de Velde painted the Dutch ships on this work from previous studies or whether he might have traveled there specifically for it. However, Van de Velde was known to know his objects through and through, and that also applied to the ships on Het kanonschot. That was also necessary, since he would hardly have found a buyer if the details of his ships had not been accurate to the last detail. More on these works

Willem van de Velde the Younger (bapt. 18 December 1633; died 6 April 1707) was a Dutch marine painter. A son of Willem van de Velde the Elder, also a painter of sea-pieces, he was instructed by his father, and afterwards by Simon de Vlieger, a marine painter of repute at the time, and had achieved great celebrity by his art before he came to London. By 1673 he had moved to England, where he was engaged by Charles II, at a salary of £100, to aid his father in “taking and making draughts of sea-fights”, his part of the work being to reproduce in color the drawings of the elder Van de Velde. He was also patronized by the Duke of York and by various members of the nobility. More on Willem van de Velde the Younger

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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