GOYEN, Jan van
(b. 1596, Leiden, d. 1656, Den Haag)

A Beach with Fishing Boats (detail)

c. 1653
Oil on wood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

At seaside villages, the beach was something akin to the market square. Here, small fishing boats return from a long day on the water, and villagers gather to greet them, see the catch, buy fish, or talk among themselves.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.