On the right is Dordrecht, dominated by the profile of the Grote Kerk. The horizon is very low which gives greater prominence to the ship in the foreground as well as to the dramatic sky. Storm scenes are very unusual in Cuyp's work. Those that are known seem to have been painted early in his career and this painting probably dates from the second half of the 1640s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1620 - 1691
Full title
The Maas at Dordrecht in a Storm
Date made
about 1645-50
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
49.8 x 74.4 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Misses Rachel F. and Jean I. Alexander, 1972
Inventory number
NG6405
Location in Gallery