Lot 243
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Spring Auction: European Fine Art 2019
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Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870)

A frozen waterway near a manor

signed and dated 'A Schelfhout 51' (lower left)

oil on panel, 14,5x22 cm

Provenance:
-Collection Mr. John Samuel Wanley Sawbridge Erle-Drax, Holnest Park, Dorset. -With Kunsthandel P.A. Scheen, The Hague, 1953. -Private collection, The Netherlands.

With a red wax seal on the reverse.

Andreas Schelfhout is considered to be one of the leading figures of Dutch Romanticism and dominated the art scene in the first half of the nineteenth century. Landscapes and nature are of primary importance in his work. In particular, winter scenes with skaters on the ice, his most beloved subject, are highly sought after. Schelfhout’s detailed winter landscapes are iconic in the Dutch history of art, and his innovations and skills paved the way for many younger artists and apprentices. This small panel serves as a little jewel in the oeuvre of Schelfhout.

After 1840, the artist’s style had fully matured and his depictions of ice and snow became very subtle and ‘sweet’. Like no other, Schelfhout could paint the block of ice laying on the frozen water, and the reflection of the sunlight in the ice is of superb quality. This detailed depiction was often realised by using only very thin brushes. The composition and style radiate tranquility. One would almost forget the freezing cold.

€ 10.000,00
€ 15.000,00

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