Currently on View in H215
Van Goyen painted numerous views of the fishing village of Egmond aan Zee, the ruined church of which is visible just beyond the dunes. Here, fishing boats are being unloaded on the beach, where the catch is sorted and piled onto carts. The shore was a favorite destination of Dutch city dwellers, for whom watching the work of the fishing fleets was a popular leisure activity.
The restricted tonality of this painting—the predominance of browns and grays—is typical of Van Goyen’s works of the 1630s and evokes the humid atmosphere of the North Sea coast.
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