Abraham Jansz Storck (1635-1710)


Abraham Storck is widely considered one of the greatest marine masters of the second generation Dutch school. Spending his entire life in Amsterdam, his style shows the marked influence of Willem van de Velde the younger and Ludolph Bakhuizen, both prominent Dutch marine painters whom Storck is believed to have studied with.

Abraham Storck was an exceptionally observant artist. His favorite subject was the harbor of his native city and his paintings include detailed records, not only of the harbor itself, but of the people, dress and ambiance of the Netherlands in the 17th century.

The paintings of Abraham Storck are superbly finished using luminous glazes in the style of Bakhuizen. His understanding of the technology of the ships he depicted, whether Dutch or foreign, stands out as a vibrant record of the beginnings of the great age of sail.

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