SIMON JACOBSZ. DE VLIEGER | A shipwreck
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
SIMON JACOBSZ. DE VLIEGER
Rotterdam circa 1600/1 - 1653 Weesp
signed lower left: S DE VLIEGER
oil on panel
26.5 x 38.9 cm.; 10½ x 15¼ in.
The uncradled panel is made up of two horizontal planks, and is flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish only slightly discoloured. There is visible retouching along the join, which is approx. a third of the way down from the upper margin. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms this, and reveals further fine lines of retouching scattered in the sky, which follow the wood grain, as well as a few scattered in the sea. There are a handful of more notable patches - two in the clouds upper left, and one just below the rocks centre left, the biggest of which measures 2.5 x 1cm. In overall good condition. Offered in a carved plain wooden frame in good condition.
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De Vlieger’s versatility as a marine painter led him to become one of the leading artists in the field; he was instrumental in forging the direction of the genre in Holland in the 1630s and 1640s. De Vlieger was skilled in the depiction of calm seascapes, wild stormy oceans and dramatic shipwrecks – he recreated his subjects with remarkable variety and invention. His imaginary coastal scenes, such as that depicted in the panel, use such rocky terrain as an awesome setting for shipwrecks in stormy weather.
De Vlieger's influence on artists of the following generation is significant and the impact of his painting can be seen in the work of Willem van de Velde the Younger, Jan van de Cappelle and Hendrik Dubbels, among many others.(1)
1 G.S. Keyes, 'Simon de Vlieger', in The Dictionary of Art, (J. Turner ed.), London and New York 1996, vol. 32, p. 673.