Lot 143
Old Master Paintings, 19th Century & Early Modern Art | 26 May 2021
Floris Arntzenius (1864-1925)

A view of Noordeinde, The Hague

signed 'F. Arntzenius' (lower right)

oil on canvas, 47x32 cm

-Private collection since the 1930s.
-Auction, Christie's, Amsterdam, 25 May 2016, lot 291, where acquired by the present owner.

Please compare to a watercolour with a similar composition by the artist in Dolf Welling, 'Floris Arntzenius', The Hague 1992, p. 54.

"I wish the weather would be grey tomorrow, because with clear skies almost nothing is beautiful". This is what Floris Arntzenius once wrote to his wife Lide Doorman. In the present lot the artist depicted the streets of The Hague on such an atmospheric and rainy day.

Floris Arntzenius was born in the city of Soerabaya on the island of Java. At the age of 12-years, he arrived in the Netherlands to complete his education. Against the will of his father he chose the uncertain path of an artist and went to the Academy of Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and later on to the Academy of Antwerp, where he received his formal training. Although Arntzenius mastered numerous subjects as still lifes, portraits, landscapes and interiors, he was mostly renowned for his lively depictions of city streets.

This view of Noordeinde in The Hague on a rainy day, with the facades and promenading people reflected in the wet pavement of the street, characterizes the ‘drizzly’ oeuvre of Arntzenius. Just as his famous Amsterdam contemporaries Isaac Israels (1865-1934) and George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923), Artnzenius focused on cityscapes depicting the hustle and bustle of modern life. Within a beautiful balanced vertical composition and limited colour palette the artists gives an impression of a calm day in the city of The Hague. In his spontaneous style, using rapid and accurate brushstrokes, Arntzenius captures various ways of life passing by the famous statue of stadtholder Willem van Oranje (1533-1584).

In the foreground a cyclist is moving towards the viewer. On the left, a man walks with a newspaper under his arm and his head tucked into the collar of his coat. On the right, behind the darkly dressed couple, two women are rendered to canvas strictly in single brushstrokes of red and yellow paint. Some people are lucky enough to find shelter underneath their umbrellas; others need to keep up their pace to get out of this Dutch weather as soon as possible. Compared to his famous depictions of the Spuistraat, the present lot is a rather ‘blond’ work, with certain colourful accents in cobalt blue, red, green and white which brings extra liveliness to the muted colour palette of the picture. His subtle approach and skilful impressions make Floris Arntzenius the leading figure of the second generation of The Hague School.

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Hamerprijs: € 24.000