Willem Ormea & Adam Willaerts


Oil on canvas, 66.5 x 103.5 cm
Signature bottom right: W.ORMEA.F/ 1656;
On the right, on the side of the boat there is a monogram: AW Fct.

An example of cooperation between Dutch painters, representatives of different genres: still life with fish and seascape with an equal contribution of each to the joint work. Perhaps the artists were friends at home, because... It is known that the daughter of landscape painter Adam Willaerts married a student and follower of the master of fish still life Willem Ormea - Jacob Gillig.

The author of the seascape in our painting, Adam Willaerts, as a student and follower of Cornelis Vrom, even in the late period of his work, retained the style of the early Dutch marina. For 1656, during the heyday of Dutch realism and tonal landscape painting, the works of Adam Willaerts look somewhat archaic. They are distinguished by a light turquoise-coral color, swirling waves that look like pieces of cotton wool, and carefully painted small details of the sailboat rigging, trees, people and ruins on the shore.