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A Calm

Artist: Goyen, Jan van
(Leiden 1596 – 1656 The Hague)

Date: 1646–1650
Medium: oil on oak
Dimensions: 36.1 x 32.1 cm
Classification: paintings
Acquisition Credit: bequest of Count János Pálffy, 1912
Inventory Number: 4305
Department: Old Master Paintings

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A Calm

Jan van Goyen was a tireless observer and faithful interpreter of the Dutch countryside. At the end of the 1630s his interest turned towards riverscapes and seascapes. The first example of his small-size pictures tackling this theme, composed in upright format, is his Calm Sea dated 1638 (London, National Gallery), which was followed by no fewer than twenty similar compositions. The Budapest version, the pleasing effect of which is created by its stronger illumination and lighter colours can be dated to the middle of the following decade. Although the painter populated the foreground with the figures of characteristic, hard-working fishermen, the protagonist "of the picture is the cloud-filled sky painted with great artistry".