Artist Willem van de Velde the Younger, Dutch, 1633-1707
  • Calm Sea
Date ca. 1660
Medium Oil on oak panel
Dimensions Unframed: 5 1/4 × 7 inches (13.3 × 17.8 cm)
Framed: 9 1/4 × 11 1/8 × 2 inches (23.5 × 28.3 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of James E. Scripps
Accession Number 89.48
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed, lower right: W.V.V.
collection of Baroness Tuyll van Serooskerken [born Pagniet] (Netherlands);
July 26, 1836, auctioned (Stevens, Utrecht, Netherlands), lot 34;
purchased by de Gruyter.
1867, collection of J. E. Fordham (London and Melbourn Bury, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom).
collection of James E. Scripps [1835-1906] (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1889-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Smith, J. Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the most eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters. [Supplement], 1842, no. 13.

Catalogue of the Scripps Collection. DMA. Detroit, 1889, no. 70, [as William van de Velde].

Handbook of Paintings by the Old Masters. DMA. Detroit, 1910, p. 42, no. 60.

Hofstede de Groot, C. Beschreibendes und Kritisches Verzeichnis der hervorragendsten holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts. Paris/Esslingen, 1918, vol. 7, p. 56, no. 189.

Burroughs, C. Catalogue of paintings, sculpture and contemporary arts and crafts. DIA. Detroit, 1920, p. 60. no. 57.

Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, cat. 236, (repr.).

Five Centuries of Marine Painting. Exh. cat, DIA. Detroit, March 6-April 5, 1942, pp. 13-14, cat. 33.

Richardson, E. P, ed. Catalogue of Paintings. DIA. Detroit, 1944, p.138, no. 236.

Robinson, M. S. The Paintings of the Willem van de Veldes. Greenwich/London, 1990, two vols., vol. 1, pp. 421-422, no. 20, (repr.) [as likely a copy by a good 18th century copyist].

Masters of Dutch Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2004, pp. 234-235 [entry by G. S. Keyes].