Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Amsterdam 1640/41 - 1710
SHIPS IN DISTRESS OFF A ROCKY COAST
signed lower right on the bar: A. Smit
oil on canvas
unframed: 75.3 x 98.9 cm.; 29⅝ x 39 in.
framed: 97 x 120.5 cm.; 38¼ x 47½ in.
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The canvas is lined. The paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. There are scattered physical retouchings in the sky. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an opaque varnish underneath which the aforementioned old retouchings are barely visible. There are a few more recent retouchings in the lower sections of the seas, a spot in the furthest left boat, and along the upper left margin. In overall fair condition.
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Jules Porges, Paris;
Private collection, Stuttgart, whence acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 144.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 244–47, cat. no. 64, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 130, cat. no. 144, reproduced in colour.
Smit, who is thought to have been a native of Amsterdam, was recorded by Arnold Houbraken as having been a pupil of Jan Theunisz. Blanckerhoff, who was active in Amsterdam between 1659 and 1666. He was also strongly influenced by the work of Ludolf Backhuysen.