Dunes at Scheveningen

Adriaen van de Velde (Dutch, 1636-1672)

Currently on View in H215
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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.

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at aschlagenhauff@discovernewfields.org if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

Adriaen van de Velde (Dutch, 1636-1672)
creation date
about 1659
oil on panel
9-9/16 x 12-13/16 in.
12-5/8 x 15-7/8 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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