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Storm At Sea
art_type: oil on canvas
description: Backhuysen's seascapes demonstrate the simple, harmonious proportions found in many Dutch depictions of the ocean: water occupies about one quarter of the compositions, while ships silhouetted against an immense cloudy sky occupy the remainder. This recreates the experience of being out on the water; indeed, Backhuysen hired fishermen to take him out in storms to study wind and waves. This painting is from the 1660s, the artist's best period. His fame was such that in 1697-98, when the Russian tsar Peter the Great visited the Dutch Republic to study European shipbuilding and the arts, Backhuysen was asked to teach him painting.
artist: Ludolf Backhuysen I (Dutch, 1630-1708)
museum: Walters Museum
title: Storm At Sea
from_api: Walters Museum
source: Walters Museum
image_url: http://static.thewalters.org/images/PL9_37.340_Fnt_SL_T86.jpg
date: 1660-1669
external_url: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/37794
art_type: Wood, metal
artist: Dan
title: Mask
from_api: brooklyn
source: Brooklyn Museum
image_url: http://cdn2.brooklynmuseum.org/images/opencollection/objects/size4/CUR.77.243.4_print_bw.jpg
date: late 19th-early 20th century
external_url: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/103844/Mask

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