VELDE, Willem van de, the Younger
(b. 1633, Leiden, d. 1707, London)

Ships on a Stormy Sea

c. 1672
Oil on canvas, 132 x 192 cm
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

Van de Velde was so successful in depicting the violence of the storm that the force of the wind and the pounding of the waves are almost palpable. The sun has just broken through the heavy, threatening clouds, and shines on the sail of the small ship in the foreground.