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A Dutch Ship and a Kaag in a Fresh Breeze
1628
Hendrick Vroom

A Dutch Ship and a Kaag in a Fresh Breeze  1628 Hendrick Vroom

Under a tall pale blue sky, with light shimmering through white clouds, a number of ships can be seen sailing in a fresh breeze. A small whale or dolphin is spouting water in the foreground. Above the low horizon on the left, a stretch of land is just about visible through the moist atmosphere. A kaag in the right foreground is ploughing the waves and, like the distant ships, which appear wrapped in the mist, its depiction displays a degree of naturalism which departs from Vroom’s other images. This naturalism is helped by the eye-level perspective and can more obviously be found in the work of the next generation of painters such as Jan van Goyen and Jan Porcellis.

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