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Abraham Storck

1635 - Amsterdam - 1710

Abraham Storck was the youngest in a family of three children. His two brothers, Johannes and Jacob, were also painters but Abraham was the most gifted and the best known. Although we don’t know who his master was, his early style is very close to Bakhuisen’s.

An excellent artist, he painted seascapes filled with characters whom he portrayed with great wit, in very life-like attitudes. As a result, he was asked by Moucheron and Hobema to paint figures in their paintings. His oeuvre includes port views observed from the side, which are easy to recognise thanks to their topographical exactitude, naval battles and shipping scenes on the Amstel and the Vecht. On the other hand, the views of Mediterranean landscapes and ports, which he had never seen, are sheer fantasy. He is also famous for his evocations of celebrations or historical events, such as the arrival of the Duke of Marlborough in Amsterdam or the reconstitution of a battle in honour of Peter the Great, who stayed in Amsterdam in 1697-98. He uses a light and colourful range of colours unlike the monochrome tints commonly employed by the Dutch masters. He is also known to have painted a small number of winter landscapes.