Adam Willaerts. 1577 - 1664. Holland .
Fish Market on the Seashore . 1613
Oil on panel . 61 * 35.5 cm.
In the 17th century the seascape or marine
painting was a purely Dutch genre. Among the earliest such works was Adam Willaerts's
Fish Market on the Seashore. The artist depicted the harsh North Sea and flat shore being
approached by a sailing vessel proudly flying the flag of the United Provinces. Soft pale
blue and grey hues predominate in the painting.