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A Fishing Pink on a Windy Day
1631
Jan Porcellis

A Fishing Pink on a Windy Day 1631 Jan Porcellis

A coastal fishing boat known as a pink is shown sailing through choppy water to the left of the picture. Two men on board attend to their nets cast over the side. Pinks were flat-bottomed vessels designed to land on the beach to discharge their catch. They were square-rigged with the mainmast amidships, the foremast directly behind the stern, and long leeboards. On the far left of the picture a larger three masted merchant vessel is visible and on the right a smaller coastal craft with a leeboard and two people on board moves briskly through the water. On the horizon to the left is the outline of a large ship together with a small boat. A coastline with dunes is barely visible in the centre. The artist has created a naturalistic image with the darkened sky dominating the painting.

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