Lot 279
Autumn Auction: European Fine Art - 21 november 2018
Jan Willem van Borselen (1825-1892)

Along the River Vlist

signed 'JW van Borselen. f' (lower right)

oil on canvas, 44x68 cm

Provenance: -Private collection, Norway. -With Kunsthandel Pieter Overduin, Giessenburg , 1992. -Private collection, The Netherlands. -Auction, Christie's, Amsterdam, 24 October 2006, lot 205. -Private collection, The Netherlands.

-Woerden, Stadsmuseum Woerden, 'Jan Willem van Borselen (1825-1892): Wind en Wilgen', 16 March-16 June 2002.

-G. Willems a.o., 'Gras en Wolken, een beeld van het groene hart', Zwolle 1996, p. 49 (with ill.). -N. de Groot, R. Rietbergen a.o., 'Jan Willem van Borselen (1825-1892): Wind en Wilgen, Alkmaar, 2002, p.52 (with. ill.).

’The Willow painter’ - this was the name that Jan Willem van Borselen (Gouda 1825 – The Hague 1892) was known as during his lifetime. The traditional Dutch willow is by far the most frequent tree species used in works by the 19th century master, both knotted and shrub form or with elevated height. What strikes one is the freshness and vibrancy whereby harmony with nature is put on the canvas. The observer hears the wind through the reeds and rustling willows and sees the clouds drifting through the skies. He stands in the centre of the landscape. This is what Van Borselen did during his rambles generally through the countryside and in particular the polder landscapes of the ‘Groene Hart’. These trips did not go smoothly for him. He would be the last person to arrive, having drudged through the gritty sand carrying his painting box and stool. Once he began to work, people were amazed at his enthusiasm and stamina (as history shows). Small size sketches and oil painting studies were made and captured nature in its most natural way. These studies formed the ’working capital’ that were made on a larger scale in the studio for sale. This lot is one of those works which depicts the Vlist river, between Schoonhoven and Haastrecht, just outside Gouda. Van Borselen performed an important bridging function in the transition from the Romantic School to the Dutch impressionism. During his lifetime he was widely appreciated. He was initially educated by his father, the painter Pieter van Borselen (1902-1873). In 1855 he studied with Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870) in The Hague and became a member of the Painters’ Society Pulchri Studio.

Source: ‘Wind en wilgen. J.W. van Borselen (1825-1892)’, Kunst en Antiekjournaal, March 2002

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Hamerprijs: € 17.000