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Ludolf Backhuysen
1630 -1708

ludolf Backhuysen

Dutch painter, mainly of marine subjects, active in Amsterdam. After the Van de Veldes moved to England in 1672, Backhuysen became the most successful marine painter in Holland, his clients including distinguished collectors from
other countries, notably Peter the Great of Russia, who visited his studio. He captured the drama and movement of ships, but seldom achieved the poetic effects of either van de Velde the Younger or Jan van de Cappelle. His grandson, Ludolf Bakhuizen the Younger (1717–82), imitated his work.