Aernout Smit was a pupil of Jan Theunisz. Blanckerhoff (1628 – 1669). Like his master he had been a sailor and he had travelled extensively.
These early, small panel paintings with Italianate views by Smit with calm waters, painted in rapid, free brushstrokes are very sought after.
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 Backhuysen (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.
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.
All three Dutch marine painters, Blanckerhoff, Smit and Reinier Nooms (1623 – 1667 or later), had started working as sailors, as shipmates. These three painters painted Mediterranean views, which they had seen in real. Their first-hand knowledge of shipping and far-away places is reflected in their accurate records of ships and topographical views.
Smit is mentioned in a document as a member of the Amsterdam Painter's Guild of Saint Luke in 1688.
Why should you buy our painting?
Because it is a beautiful small Mediterranean view that Aernout Smit painted in fragile tonalities with rapid, free, but very secure brushstrokes, especially in the sky. Smit did not paint that many of these small, intimate, very poetic bay views, but they are very sought after.