- c. 1700
Port Scene with Figures. Oil on canvas. 73 x 92cm. Framed.
Private collection Hesse.
At the entrance to a bay, the painter of this painting, who was probably of Dutch origin but had been active in Italy for a long time, created a lively everyday scene: It shows boats that have docked on the rocks and towards which different groups of people are walking. The author has immortalised an almost trivial moment with precision, but has enriched it with countless details - from the grassy hill in the foreground to the waves breaking on the shore, from the stones in the walls to the bathers throwing themselves into the waves next to the boats - that bring the work to life, almost becoming a photograph of Italy around 1700.
The atmospheric light that falls from the left and runs through the cloud groups lends the objects depicted a certain softness and reveals the artist's intensive study of the Italian landscape, but also his examination of the works of landscape painters who worked in Italy in the seventeenth century, such as Claude Lorrain.
We thank Fred G. Meijer, Amsterdam, and Marcel Roethlisberger, Geneva, for their kind support.