The influence of the early Dutch marine masters on English sea painters shows significant presence in this work by Abraham Hulk. Although the indigenous coastal craft and their humble fisherman occupants are well depicted, the emphasis is on atmospheric effect and lighting.
The golden summer sky illuminates this serene morning composition of fishermen preparing for another day at sea. The low background light source accents the shadowy reflections of the vessels as they wait, with sails raised in anticipation, for the first traces of wind to carry them once again to the fishing grounds.
Often identified as a Dutch artist due to his extended residence and studies at the Amsterdam Academy under Augustin Daiwaille, the London born Hulk’s works are greatly sought after. He is widely considered one of the true masters at portraying the expressive qualities of atmosphere in romantic calms.
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