Pieter Mulier

A Shallow Sea with Fishing Boats

c. 1640
Oil on panel, 32.0 x 56 cm.
National Maratime Museum, Greenwich, London
Oeter Mulier, A Shallow Sea with Fishing Boats

MULIER, Pieter
(1583/5 – 29 January 1632)

Nothing is known about Pieter Mulier artistic training. Although he became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St Luke in 1638 and, later, took on younger pupils. He continued to work consistently in Haarlem throughout the 1640s and 1650s. He is known to have accumulated substantial personal debts as a result of excessive drinking. He died in Haarlem. The exact year of his death is unknown. The depiction of such boats is a common theme in Mulier's work. Although they are more often associated with rougher seas. This painting in particular, with its dramatically differentiated sky, owes much to the influences of Mulier's contemporaries such as Jan van Goyen and Salomon van Ruysdael.

from: National Maratime Museum "Pieer Mulier", <http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/12312.html