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The Ferryboat

Adam Pynacker

Dutch, c. 1620–1673

The Ferryboat

c. 1657

Onlookers laugh as a ferryboat worker splashes into the water after a donkey. This commotion is set against a serene landscape, punctuated by the stern gentleman on the shore and the placid cow beside him. Before becoming a painter, Pynacker was a merchant, and it was on a trip to Italy that he first encountered the golden sunlight that would later infuse his paintings. Here, it bathes the landscape and adds dramatic highlights.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 25 1/2 x 29 13/16 in. (64.8 x 75.7 cm)
Object Number 1990.6
Acquisition Acquired by the Clark, 1990
Status On View

Image Caption

Adam Pynacker, The Ferryboat, c. 1657, Oil on canvas. Acquired by the Clark, 1990. The Clark Art Institute, 1990.6.