Lot 246
Autumn Auction: European Fine Art - 21 november 2018
Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870)

A panoramic landscape near Haarlem

signed 'A. Schelfhout. F.' (lower left)

oil on panel, 49,5x77 cm

-With Kunsthandel E.E. Huisman, The Hague.
-Has been in the same collection for at least 70 years.

Schelfhout is considered to be one of the most important painters of Dutch romanticism and enjoyed a great reputation as a landscape painter. Like most Dutch romantic painters in the nineteenth century, he was heavily influenced by the Dutch Golden Age. Painters such as Jacob van Ruisdael (1628/9-1682) achieved beautiful panoramic compositions which must have been a source of inspiration for Schelfhout.

This theme shows up early in the painter’s career and from the 1830’s onwards, the dunes near Haarlem appeared as one of his favourite spots for panoramic paintings. The present work shows us the surroundings of Haarlem with the St. Bavo Church on the horizon, a place which Van Ruisdael also depicted. The running flock of sheep in the foreground on the right is rendered small and the intensity of nature dominates the composition. On the left Schelfhout depicts a cross, which gives this painting a religious dimension as well. Yet the main motif of this work remains the beauty of nature, with the panorama set in a warm glowing evening light.

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Hamerprijs: € 18.000