Currently on View in H215
A gentle wind blows the fishing boats to shore at Scheveningen, a town about three miles north of The Hague, while meticulously painted figures cast long shadows across the sand. Van de Velde structures this simple composition around two intersecting arcs: the crest of the dune that extends from the left edge of the painting to the center, and the line formed by the series of animals, men, and masts proceeding from the lower left corner to the lower right.
Dunescapes became popular in Holland in the 1620s as representations of the distinctive Dutch topography. Van de Velde unites the sand and sky here by using similar pale tones, creating a harmonious scene.
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