VLIEGER, Simon de
(b. 1601, Rotterdam, d. 1653, Weesp)
Oil on panel, 38 x 39 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
De Vlieger's versatility as a marine painter led him to become one of the leading artists in the field, forging the direction of the genre in Holland in the 1630s and 1640s. The artist was skilled in the depiction of calm seascapes, wild stormy oceans and dramatic shipwrecks and he recreated his subjects with remarkable variety and invention. His influence on artists of the following generation is significant and the impact of his painting can be seen in the work of Willem van de Velde the Younger, Jan van de Cappelle and Hendrik Dubbels among others.