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View off the Dutch Coast

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View off the Dutch Coast

after ca. 1652
30 1/2 x 39 1/8 in. (77.5 x 99.4 cm)

Jan van de Cappelle
Netherlands (1624-1626 - 1679)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: George Eastman Collection of the University of Rochester
Accession Number: 1968.99
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: George Eastman Collection

The popularity of seascapes in seventeenth-century Holland reflected the wealth and power engendered by that nation's naval superiority. Although he was primarily a merchant and only an amateur painter, van de Cappelle is generally recognized as among the most proficient artists to specialize in this genre. The subtle color harmonies and quiet serenity of this scene are typical of his accomplishment.

[Gallery label text, 1989]

Sir Joseph B. Robinson (1840-1929), London and South Africa; his sale, Christie's, London, July 6, 1923, lot 49 [there titled "A Sea-Piece"]; purchased from that sale by M. Knoedler and Co., New York (dealers); purchased from them by George Eastman (1854-1932), Rochester, NY, 1924; his bequest to the University of Rochester, New York, 1932; transferred to the Gallery in 1968

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