Vessels in a Fresh Breeze

Jacob van Ruisdael was primarily a landscape painter but he did paint a handful of seascapes. In this painting he has chosen a high viewpoint, with more than half the canvas being devoted to a dramatic cloudscape.

None of Ruisdael's seascapes are dated and they are, therefore, difficult to place in his career. There is a group of seascapes influenced by Jan Porcellis (about 1584 - 632), which are presumably early works. This belongs to the group of more mature seascapes and probably dates from the early 1660s.

Key facts

Artist dates
1628/9? - 1682
Full title
Vessels in a Fresh Breeze
Date made
probably about 1660-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
44.5 x 54.6 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery