Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Part 3. Bomschuiten, Storms and Panorama Mesdag

Following his visit to the Frisian island of Nordeney in the summer of 1868, Hendrik Mesdag would dedicate the rest of artistic life to seascapes and maritime paintings.  He and his wife Sientje had moved back to The Hague in 1869, a town which was a short distance from the coastal district of Scheveningen which … Continue reading “Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Part 3. Bomschuiten, Storms and Panorama Mesdag”

Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Part 2 – his wife, Sientje Mesdag van Houten.

My blog today is somewhat shorter than usual as I decided to concentrate solely on the life and works of Hendrik Mesdag’s wife Sientje van Houten, an artist in her own right and not just “Mrs Mesdag, wife of the marine painter Hendrik Mesdag”. Hendrik Willem Mesdag married Sientje van Houten in April 1856 and seven … Continue reading “Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Part 2 – his wife, Sientje Mesdag van Houten.”

Hendrick Willem Mesdag. Part 1 – The early years, family and influences

If you are a young aspiring artist I wonder what your dreams are.  You obviously hope that your painterly skills will improve over the following years.  Maybe you dream that your love of painting could become your main livelihood but for that to happen maybe it needs some sort of financial breakthrough.  Perhaps you hope … Continue reading “Hendrick Willem Mesdag. Part 1 – The early years, family and influences”

Hendrik Willem Mesdag – his seascapes and Panorama Mesdag

The person I am featuring today was an artist of great talent, an avid art collector and an owner of a museum, which housed many of the works he had collected during his lifetime.  I talked briefly about him in my previous blog which was dedicated to his friend Jozef Israels.  Let me introduce you … Continue reading “Hendrik Willem Mesdag – his seascapes and Panorama Mesdag”

George Hendrik Breitner – The Amsterdam Impressionist.

The artist I am looking at today is George Hendrik Breitner, the nineteenth century Dutch painter, who was best known for his realistic depiction of Amsterdam street and harbour scenes.   He was also of great importance in what was later termed Amsterdam Impressionism. George Hendrik Breitner was born in Rotterdam on September 12th, 1857.  He … Continue reading “George Hendrik Breitner – The Amsterdam Impressionist.”

Charles Leickert. Part 2 – The influences of Andreas Schelfhout, Wijnand Nuyen and Charles Rochussen

    …………………………………………In 1834, whilst attending the The Hague Drawing Academy Leickert gained a First Prize in the Third Grade which allowed him to enter the studio of Wijnand Nuyen. It was also at this establishment that he attended classes in architecture and ornamental drawings which was a perfect artistic grounding for him and proved … Continue reading “Charles Leickert. Part 2 – The influences of Andreas Schelfhout, Wijnand Nuyen and Charles Rochussen”

Jozef Israels Part 2 – The Peasants and his later life

I ended my last blog, which looked at the life of Jozef Israels, around 1856 when he was living in the small fishing town of Zandvoort and spent much of his time sketching and painting scenes involving the local fishing community. Israels left the coastal area around 1858 and returned to Amsterdam where he remained … Continue reading “Jozef Israels Part 2 – The Peasants and his later life”