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Calm: Fishing Boats at Low Water
  • Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633 - 1707)
  • Calm: Fishing Boats at Low Water
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1660
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 32.2 x 36.8 cm
  • Signature: 'W.V.V'
  • P143
  • East Galleries III
Further Reading
  • This painting is typical of the scenes of calm with shipping which earned Van de Velde a considerable reputation in his native country. It shows Dutch fishing boats at low tide among the mud banks of Holland’s northern coast. A smalschip, a ship designed for inland waterways, is seen on the left with a kaag, a type of cargo vessel. The luminous treatment of the sky adds to the mood of serene tranquillity.