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A Calm

Anchored in glassy waters, two small vessels provide the focal point of this painting. The main sail of a smalschip(a narrow ship), is being lowered. A Dutch flag can be seen hanging loosely on its deck, signifying that the wind has dropped. Behind is a kaag, (a flat-bottomed boat designed for inland waterways), its crew busying themselves with a smaller boat pictured alongside.  

Van de Velde was celebrated for his meticulous seascapes. A peaceful sky provides an ideal background for a range of craft, all painted with an incredible degree of detail. Both the artist and his father, Willem van de Velde the elder (1611–93), were famed for their seascapes. 

Not currently on display

Artist
Willem van de Velde the Younger
Date
1663
Location
On loan to The Royal Castle in Warsaw
Dimensions
34 x 37.5 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas on panel
Inscription
Signed and dated, bottom right: 'W.V.V. 1663'
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG197
Notes
Adopted by Mrs Patricia Bowring, 1998