Sailing ship and rowing boat on rough seas

Is leeg, of bestaat niet



Signed with monogram on the rowing boat

Walker Gallery Liverpool
K.J.Müllenmeister, Solingen
Hanseatic Art Collection

Julius was the son of Jan Porcellis and Jacquemijntje Jansdr.
He was probably a pupil of his father Jan and follower of him in artistic terms- Their choise of subjects was similar and their signature monogram the same, but Julius’palette with vivid colors later in his career, is agreed less subtile and sense of space less fluent

Jan Porceliis developed in the tradition of Dutch Marine Painting. Hendrik Vroom, whom Houbraken claims was Porcellis’ teacher, was skillful at ship-painting, covering subjects as fish, fishermen and other boatmen. Porcellis earliest paintings, demonstrated that he had mastered Vroom’s style which enjoyed much popularity at the time. For all the perils he portrays, Porcellis put less emphasis on spectacular destruction. The audience were rather invited to make out what happens gradually. Porcellis ships sit has a solid presence in water and the grey hazy atmosphere contrasts and blurs the horizon and ships in the distance. The mottling of the sky is projected by the sun upon the brown land which turns green in the light. These effects were never attempted by Vroom or his contemporaries, and in fact they were very advanced for this early date, which will be continued in Porcellis’ lifelong preoccupation with the subtleties of weather.
Many prominent artists as Rembrandt, Allard van Everdingen, Rubens and Jan van de Capelle collecting his works. His works can be seen in the Netherlands, Germany, Russia the UK, France and North America.


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Year: 1610-1640

Location: Rotterdam / Leiden

Dimensions: 47 x 62,5 cm

Provenance: Walker Gallery Liverpool

Techniques: Oil on panel