Finland, private collection
Andries van Eertvelt was born in Antwerp in 1590, where he joined the Guild of Saint Luke in 1609/10 as a master. He is generally regarded as the first Flemish marine painter of the seventeenth century. His work, however, reflects the lasting influence of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. There is a clear ‘Dutch’ influence in Van Eertvelt’s work, which may have come from Hendrick Vroom, although Van Eertvelt was not necessarily a student of Vroom. Eertvelt stayed in Italy, 1628-30, with the painter Cornelis de Wael in Genoa. After his stay in Italy, van Eertvelt was probably painted by van Dyck in 1632. His high reputation is apparent from the praise of his work in Cornelis de Bie’s ‘Het Gulden Cabinet van de Edel Vry Schilderconst’. His students are said to have included Hendrick van Minderhout, Matthieu van Plattenberg, Sebastian Castro and Kasper van Eyck.
The powerful brushwork is exemplary of Eertvelt’s stile furioso , which seems to stem from the work of Agostino Tassi and is said to be crucial for the development of the Flemish seventeenth-century seascape.