A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten
A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten
A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten
A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten
A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten
A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten
A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten
A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast by Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten

Jan Abrahamsz. van Beerstraten

A Dutch Three-master and other ships off ‘T’Sondt’ a Rocky Swedish Coast 1650 - 1660

Original oil on canvas
89.80 ⨯ 123 cm
ConditionExcellent
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About the artwork

Under a sunny sky with towering clouds a Dutch ship sails. More Dutch vessels can be made out in the middle zone and further in the distance.

A Swedish three-master under full sail approaches from the right middle ground. Between the two coastlines a stiff breeze makes the waves go up. The torn flags tell us the ships have survived even heavier weather. The long shadows on the choppy water add another dramatic note.

The scene takes place off the Swedish coast on the Sound, a narrow strait between present day Denmark and Sweden where Dutch mercantile ships sailing to the Baltic had to pass through. The Dutch called their trade with countries bordering on the East Sea their “moedernegotie” (mother-trade). As the backbone of their economy this trade was of fundamental importance to the Dutch Republic.

About the Artist

Jan Abrahamsz Beerstraaten (bapt. 1 March 1622 in Amsterdam – buried in July 1666 in Amsterdam?) was a Dutch painter of marine art and landscapes, particularly of events of the First Anglo-Dutch War and Dutch-Swedish War.

There is some confusion about the identity of four landscape painters named Beerstraaten; Johannes, this Jan Abrahamsz, Abraham, and AnthonieJan Abrahamsz, painter, married in Amsterdam on 30 August 1642. From this marriage eleven children were born, and when he married a second time in 1665, a daughter was born. Currently, The RKD records Johannes as the same person, and Abraham Beerstraaten is considered to be his oldest son.

Anthonie Beerstraaten was related to this painter. The RKD has registered two paintings signed Anthonie van Beerstraten: one is a view of a southern seaport from 1664 (currently location Enkhuizen) and the other a view of a church in Aarlanderveen in the former city hall of Alphen aan den Rijn. Based on these two paintings C. Hofstede de Groot an early Dutch art historian, classified paintings signed A. Beerstraaten as by Anthonie if they were a poorer grade than ones already attributed to Abraham.

 

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The scene takes place off the Swedish coast on the Sound, a narrow strait between present day Denmark and Sweden where Dutch mercantile ships sailing to the Baltic had to pass through. The Dutch called their trade with countries bordering on the East Sea their “moedernegotie” (mother-trade). As the backbone of their economy this trade was of fundamental importance to the Dutch Republic.

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