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Fishing Boats off an Estuary

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Jan van Goyen
Dutch, 1596-1656

About this artwork

With its low horizon line, monochrome palette, and efficient paint handling, this panel is characteristic of early river landscapes by Jan van Goyen. In a society that provided a broad market for art, Van Goyen executed both small- and large-scale paintings of waterways, with varying levels of detail, to appeal to buyers at the lower and higher ends of the market. Such views of Dutch canals, moody skies, and seafaring activities appealed to collectors in the young republic, which prided itself on its maritime prowess.


On View, Gallery 213


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jan van Goyen


Fishing Boats off an Estuary


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


Inscribed, lower left on boat: VG 1653


36 × 57.8 cm (14 1/8 × 22 3/4 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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