Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
CORNELIS PIETERSZ. DE MOOY
DUTCH SHIPS ON A CHOPPY SEA
signed and dated on the left side of the barrel: CPM 168[?]5
oil on oak panel
unframed: 43 x 51.7 cm.; 16⅞ x 20⅜ in.
framed: 51 x 60 cm.; 20 x 23¾ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the fluid wet-in-wet brushwork of the foreground in well preserved. The varnish is clear and even. There is a very superficial fine vertical scratch just left of centre. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals spot retouchings scattered throughout - all finely executed - and a slightly more concentrated area in the water the left of the ship in the middle-distance.
In overall good condition.
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Private collection, America;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 15 January 1987, lot 36, when acquired.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 22.
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 178–179, cat. no. 44, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 47, cat. no. 22, reproduced in colour.
Cornelis Mooy is best known for his so-called ‘penschilderij’ - ‘pen paintings’, which imitate drawings in pen and ink. By contrast, the present work delights in the qualities of oil paint, the wet-in-wet brushwork in the foreground that evoke the choppy waves, preserved in exceptional condition. This is one of very few oil paintings securely attributed to Mooy and must count among the best examples of his work.
The red and white flag on the right-most boat is that of Dordrecht. Maritime paintings such as this were particularly popular in 17th-century Holland, unsurprising for a nation built on overseas trade and a country so criss-crossed with rivers and canals.