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Dutch Painting

View of Hoorn

Abraham de Verwer
c. 1645
Oil on panel, 51.5 x 95 cm.
National Gallery of Art, Washington
View of Hoorn, Abraham de Verwer

Abraham de Verwer (circa 1600–50)

Dutch marine and topographical painter. His most important works were made under the patronage of the Nassau court, both in Holland and France. Verwer is first recorded in Amsterdam in 1617. His teachers are not known but his early works indicate the influence of Hendrick Vroom's panoramic views. The seascape with the "Debarkation of Prince Frederick" on the Prince's return from his English expedition of 1613 was probably painted immediately after this event had taken place (the painting was in the Collection de Geus van den Heeuvel in 1961). In 1639, Verwer worked in Paris where Prince Frederick Hendrick of Nassau commissioned him to paint topographical views of the Musée du Louvre (Musée Carnavalet, Paris). He also painted imaginary battle scenes, coastal seascapes and views of Italian ports. He returned from Paris to Amsterdam where he died. His son Justus was also a marine painter.

Maratime Art, Greenwich http://www.nmm.ac.uk/mag/pages/mnuInDepth/Biography.cfm?biog=138

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