Bomschuit Op Het Scheveningse Strand (Fishing Boat on the Beach at Scheveningen)
Jacob Maris, 1885
160 x 140 inch
The ship within the image is placed in a manner, which compliments the sky. Its triangular structure is placed off center, focusing the detail within a small area of the canvas. It allows the clouds to take center stage and they contrast with the ships delicate structure. The birds soften the structure of the image by creating small pieces of detail, which break apart the bold composition. The structure is basic, consisting of a block of land, a block of sky and a triangular ship. The simplicity is enhanced by the detail, where these small wonders create a balance within the image. Maris has captured the harsh, cold weather and made it beautiful.
Bomschuiten were cheap fishing boats with a broad hull and a flat bottom, which made them relatively easy to pull on the beach. Scheveningen did not have its own harbor until 1904 and the fishing community used to use this...
beachfishingshipdutch artistoil on canvas