The Old Church at Egmond aan Zee

Creation date
oil on panel
22-1/4 x 33-1/4 in.
Credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Accession number
Currently On View In
William C. Griffith Jr. and Carolyn C. Griffith Gallery - H215

Jan van Goyen painted numerous views of the fishing village of Egmond aan Zee, whose ruined church is visible just beyond dunes. Fishing boats are being unloaded on the beach, where the catch is sorted and piled onto carts. Such beaches were a favorite destination of Dutch city dwellers for whom watching the activities of the fishing fleets was a popular leisure activity.

The restricted monochrome tonality of this painting, typical of Van Goyen's works of the 1630s, properly evokes the humid atmosphere of the Dutch North Sea coast.

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