Rocky coast with fishing boats in a stormy sea

cat09van-eveAllart van EVERDINGEN

Alkmaar 1621 – 1675 Amsterdam

Rocky coast with fishing boats in a stormy sea

Pen and brush in brown ink; brown ink framing lines.

115 x 163 mm (5-7/8 x 6-3/8 in).

WATERMARK: fragment, crown [above horn in cartouche], at upper center, nearly identical to Heawood no. 2715 (Amsterdam, dated 1668). (R9)
CHAIN LINES: vertical, 25-26 mm.
INSCRIPTIONS: monogrammed AVE on a rock at lower center (pen in brown ink); verso, at lower right A drawing by Everdingen (pencil, 19th or 20th century)
PROVENANCE: Henri Duval, Liège, his sale, Amsterdam, F. Muller, 22-23 June 1910, lot 115.

Henry Oppenheimer, London, his sale, London, Christie’s, 13 July 1936, lot 243(B).

Ernst Goldschmidt, Brussels, 1936.

Sale, Paris, Ader Tajan, 28 October 1994, lot 13, acquired at the sale.

Robinson, Franklin W. and Peck, Sheldon. Fresh Woods and Pastures New: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscape Drawings from the Peck Collection. Chapel Hill/ Ithaca/ Worcester. 1999-2001. Published catalogue.

LITERATURE: none.
EXHIBITIONS:
Robinson, Franklin W. and Peck, Sheldon. Fresh Woods and Pastures New: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscape Drawings from the Peck Collection. Chapel Hill/ Ithaca/ Worcester. 1999-2001. Published catalogue.

This scene of ships on a stormy sea near the shore is a favorite one with van Everdingen;  for example, the British Museum preserves a drawing by him with a large, but different boulder by the shore, with a tower behind. Perhaps the closest such scene is a larger drawing, without the tower in the background or the figures on the beach, in the Peltzer sale, Gutekunst, Stuttgart, May 13-14, 1914.   Clearly, the artist often did not respond to a particular place, but rearranged the elements of his recurring, invented scenes to achieve a certain variety.

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