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Individual parts of the painting listed in this way might make it seem unappealing, but the warm yellows of the softer sand between the rocks and the sensation of the clouds moving away to reveal the dawn light save it from being bleak and uninviting. The two small figures in the water give the picture a playful air that is rare in Wouwerman’s dune paintings.
Oil on oak
H 27 x W 35.5 cm
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876