Lieve Pietersz. Verschuier

Rotterdam, 1627 – Rotterdam, 1686

A calm River Scene with several Vessels at a small Ferry, a Flute being careenedin the back ground

Signed with monogram ‘LVS’, lower right
Oil on panel
H. 25 cm. W. 35 cm.

Private collection

Lieve Verschuier mostly painted quiet harbor and estuary views furnished with shipping. In these marines the artist usually included a  setting sun, from which a powerful light evolves. This motif provided the most wonderful atmospheric effect.


Verschuier was the son of the Rotterdam woodcarver Pieter Verschuier who mainly received decorative commissions from the Rotterdam admiralty. Lieve followed his father’s profession initially but left after a while for Amsterdam. Verschuier probably trained there and in Weesp with Simon de Vlieger. He travelled to Italy around 1655. In 1656 he was back in Rotterdam where he married Catharina Akershoeck. In 1674 Verschuier became Rotterdam Admiralty official sculptor and painter, just like his father had been. In 1678 he was dean of the Rotterdam Guild of wood and stone carvers.

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