Hendrik Willem Mesdag
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Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his counterparts in the Hague School—so named for the Dutch city where they lived and worked—painted in the open air, capturing the distinctive landscapes and seascapes of the Netherlands. For the Dutch, who relied heavily on fishing and overseas trade, marine scenes proved extremely appealing subjects. Mesdag shows a small ship with wind-torn sails, tossed by massive, white-capped waves. The broad expanse of churning water, almost matching the tone of the sky, dramatizes the overwhelming power of the sea.
Oil on canvas
35 13/16 x 49 7/16 in. (91 x 125.6 cm)
frame: 51 x 64 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (129.5 x 163.8 x 13.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "H W. Mesdag"
Gift of Mrs. James Quinlan in memory of her husband
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Hendrik Willem Mesdag (Dutch, 1831-1915). In Danger, ca. 1895. Oil on canvas, 35 13/16 x 49 7/16 in. (91 x 125.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. James Quinlan in memory of her husband, 26.604 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 26.604_SL3.jpg)
overall, 26.604_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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