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ID number: BIRBI-43.1
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Cappelle, Johannes van de (1623/5-1679)
Title / Object name: Boats on the River Waal
Object type: Painting
Place made: Amsterdam
Date made: the 1650s
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 71 x 63.5 cm unframed; 96.1 x 43.7 x 2.7 framed
Provenance: C. van Tarlink sale, Amsterdam, 18 August 1798 (no.10); purchased by J.M. Jansz; Lionel de Rothschild; The Mattiesen Gallery, London; purchased by the Barber Institute in 1943 for £2,400.
This landscape shows a ferry, as well as fishing and trading vessels, on the choppy waters of the River Waal in southern Holland. The church tower of Gorinchem is to the left, with Loevestein Castle on the opposite bank. The location, however, is less important than the contrasting play of light and shadow on water, land and vessels. The low horizon and the upright format give prominence to a lively cloudscape.
Van de Cappelle specialised in marine subjects, often of boats becalmed. Like many Dutch painters he had another trade, working as a merchant.
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