About Aernout Smit
Dutch marine painter
Amsterdam 1641 – 1710 Amsterdam
Pupil of Jan Theunisz. Blanckerhoff (Alkmaar 1628 – 1669 Amsterdam).
Smit’s early works are characterized by light grey tonalities and a very good perspective.
Later he became strongly influenced by Ludolf Backhuijsen (1631 – 1708), the most important Dutch marine painter of the later part of the 17th century. Under his influence his marine paintings became more colourful. Backhuysen had a great influence on many contemporary painters (for example on Jan and Hendrick Rietschoof, on Wigerus Vitringa,Gerrit Pompe and Michiel Meddersteeg), but Smit is considered his best contemporary follower.
It would appear that Aernout Smit travelled extensively, as some of his pictures of both the Mediterranean shores and of Greenland were probably painted from nature.
His master Jan Theunisz. Blanckerhoff had also travelled to Italy and Greece.
Smit is mentioned in a document as a member of the Amsterdam Painter's Guild of Saint Luke in 1688.
About our painting
Our painting dates from the second half of Smit’s career, when he was strongly influenced by Ludolf Backhuijsen. It was actually sold between 1919 and 1925 by Kunstsalon Abels in Cologne as by Backhuysen himself.
Why should you buy our painting?
Because it is a nice example of the artistic production of Aernout Smit made under the influence of Ludolf Backhuijsen.