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 Ludolf Backhuysen

 

 

Backhuysen Ludolf   


Ludolf Bakhuizen (or Backhuysen) (December 28, 1630 November 17, 1708) was a German-born Dutch Golden Age painter who was the leading Dutch painter of maritime subjects after the two Willem van de Veldes (father and son) left for England in 1672.

He was born in Emden, East Frisia, and came to Amsterdam in about 1650, working as a merchant's clerk and a calligrapher. He discovered so strong a genius for painting that he relinquished the business and devoted himself to art from the late 1650s, initially in pen drawings. He studied first under Allart van Everdingen and then under Hendrik Dubbels, two eminent masters of the time, and soon became celebrated for his sea-pieces, which often had rough seas.

He was an ardent student of nature, and frequently exposed himself on the sea in an open boat in order to study the effects of storms. His compositions, which are numerous, are nearly all variations of one subject, the sea, and in a style peculiarly his own, marked by intense realism or faithful imitation of nature. In his later years Bakhuizen employed his skills in etching; he also painted a few examples each of several other genres of painting, such as portraits, landscapes and genre paintings.

During his life Bakhuizen was visited by Cosimo III de' Medici, Peter the Great and also worked for various German princes. In 1699 he opened a gallery on the top floor of the famous Amsterdam townhall. After a visit to England he died in Amsterdam on November 17, 1708.

 


View from the Mussel Pier in Amsterdam

 

 


Battle of Vigo Bay

 

 


Portrait by Van der Helst; naval battle in the background by Bakhuizen

 

 


Ships in Distress in a Heavy Storm

 

 


Ships on the Zuiderzee before the Fort of Naarden

 

 


Boats in a Storm

 

 


Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast

 

 


Small Dutch Vessels

 

 


Ships Running Aground in a Storm

 

 


Dutch Vessels on the Sea at Amsterdam

 

 


View of Amsterdam with Ships on the Ij

 

 


Seascape

 

 

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