Title: De Windstoot (English: The Gust) by Willem van de Velde the Younger
Artist: Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633–1707)
Genre: marine art. Description: A ship in high seas in a heavy storm. A three-masted ship on a high wave. To the left a smaller vessel.
Date: Circa 1680
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Height: 77 cm (30.3 in); Width: 63.5 cm (25 in)
What I love about this painting:
Willem van de Velde the Younger captured the emotion of a terrifying day at sea. Darkness in the middle of the day, the wild seas, raging winds–this ship is at the mercy of mountainous waves.
The storm hit suddenly, catching the ship before all the sails could be reefed. The force of the gale is such that the wind in the unfurled sail could capsize the ship. At the very least, they’ve most likely lost that sail.
Will those sailors make it back to port?
We can only hope.
Credits and Attributions:
De Windstoot (English: The Gust) by Willem van de Velde the Younger, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons 1707.
Wikimedia Commons contributors, “File:De Windstoot – A ship in need in a raging storm (Willem van de Velde II, 1707).jpg,” Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:De_Windstoot_-_A_ship_in_need_in_a_raging_storm_(Willem_van_de_Velde_II,_1707).jpg&oldid=387246804 (accessed October 23, 2020).