A Fisherman Hauling in his Net by Hendrick Avercamp was created in c. 1625 – c.1630. The painting is in Rijkmuseum Amsterdam. The size of the work is 14,5 x 19,5 cm and made as an pen and brown and grey ink, with transparent and opaque watercolour on paper.
Avercamp gave the old, white-bearded fisherman with his thigh boots an imposing monumentality by viewing him from below and allowing him to dominate the picture space. The anecdotal details that are usually so prominent in the artist’s drawings have been reduced to a minimum and literally pushed into the background. This makes the sheet exceptional in Avercamp’s known oeuvre. From the point of view of style and technique, it has all the hallmarks of his late period.
About the Artist: Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp was born in Amsterdam. He lived and worked there from 1614 until his death in 1634. he studied with the Danish-born portrait painter Pieter Isaacsz (1569–1625), and perhaps also with David Vinckboons. Avercamp is mentioned in various documents as the Kampen Mute, so it is assumed that he was deaf and dumb. Avercamp probably painted in his studio on the basis of sketches he had made in the winter. Avercamp was famous even from abroad for his winter landscapes… Read more