Dutch shipping foundering in stormy seas, a village on a rocky outcrop beyond signed and dated 'A. WILLART/ 1646' (lower right) oil on panel 62.3 x 106.5 cm. (24½ x 41 7/8 in.)
PROVENANCE: The Collection of Charles Van der Heyden, Rotterdam.
EXHIBITED: The Golden Age of Flemish Painting, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 1988, p.217-218.
LITERATURE: L.J. Bol, Die Hollandische Marinemalerei des 17. Jahrhunderts, Braunschweig, 1973, p. 78, fig. 76. J. Briels, Peintes Flammands en Hollande, Antwerp, 1987, p. 408, no. 540.
The son of Abraham Willaerts, Adam trained under his father before studying with Jan van Bijlert in Utrecht and Simon Vouet in Paris. In 1624 he became a master of the Utrecht Guild of Saint Luke, and later between 1637 and 1644 he was in Brazil in the entourage of Count John Maurice of Nassau-Siegen. In 1659 he was in Naples and Rome. Abraham Willaerts's work follows closely that of his father but he was to introduce a more atmospheric softness and realistic treatment as the present lot demonstrates.