Calm Sea

Simon de Vlieger Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 615

On the left the horizon line dissolves into a vast, becalmed sea, while fishermen ply their trade on the right. De Vlieger influenced later marine painters by working with a limited tonal range to achieve precisely calibrated effects of light in the sky and water. His observations of Northern European light established him as the master of a particularly local landscape, affirmed by the Dutch flag fluttering above the boat on the right.

Calm Sea, Simon de Vlieger (Dutch, Rotterdam (?) ca. 1600/1601–1653 Weesp), Oil on wood

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