Large seascape with a caravel was executed in 1920s by listed Hamburg seascape painter Martin Francis Glüsing (1886 iAltona - 1957 Hamburg).
in Hamburg he worked his way up to an able seaman. Until 1914 he sailed on sailing ships and traveled to North, Central and South America and Australia.
As a painter, Martin Francis Glüsing was purely self-taught, drawing on his knowledge and memories from sailing on ships. After returning to Hamburg, he no longer traveled extensively, with the exception of the summer stays on Helgoland, whose silhouette can be found in many of his pictures.
A reference to the first known painting by Francis Glüsing dates back to 1926, when his painting Surf at Sunset was included in the anthology Die See, edited by Felix Graf von Luckner and others, as one of 53 paintings by German painters of the North and Baltic Seas . Main motifs of his work were tall ships, fishing cutters and evening moods on the beach. There are also exceptions, such as the painting of the express steamer Europa, which can be dated after 1930. In terms of composition, the ships depicted are in a slightly inclined position in the middle of the picture and run towards the viewer. The sea has a slight swell and is almost always shown in blue.
The Hamburg art dealerships of Gustav Lohse and Commeter were responsible for selling the paintings, supplemented by direct sales by the family in the seaside resorts on the Baltic Sea during the summer months. Individual paintings went to Great Britain and as far afield as the United States.
Literature: Maike Bruhns: Francis-Glüsing, (Martin Franz). In: Der neue Rump. Lexikon der bildenden Künstler Hamburgs, Altonas und der näheren Umgebung. Familie Rump. Überarbeitete Neuauflage des Lexikons von Ernst Rump;
Lars U. Scholl / Rüdiger von Ancken: Der Hamburger Marinemaler Martin Fräncis Glüsing (1866–1957), In: Deutsches Schiffahrtsarchiv Band 32, 2009, Oceanum Verlag, Wiefelstede 2010.
Inscription: signed lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas. Original frame.
Measurements: unframed w 39 3/4” x h 27 3/4” (100,5 x 70,5 cm), framed w 46 7/8” x h 35” (119 x 89 cm)
Condition: in very good condition.