Lot 63
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Old Master Paintings, 19th Century & Early Modern Art | 26 May 2021
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Wijnand Nuijen (1813-1839)

A joyous company on the river near the windmill

signed 'WJJ Nuijen' (lower left)

oil on panel, 40x57,5 cm

Exhibited:
-The Hague, Panorama Mesdag, 'Tentoonstelling van schilderijen en tekeningen door W.J.J. Nuyen', 11 October-2 February 1952, no. 22.
-Delft, Pinsenhof, 'De Molen', 1957, no. 34.
-The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, 'Wijnand Nuyen, 1813-1839: Romantische werken', 17 December 1977-12 February 1978, no. 33.

Literature:
-Panorama Mesdag, 'Tentoonstelling van schilderijen en tekeningen door W.J.J. Nuyen', The Hague 1952, ill. p. 31, no. 22.
-John Sillevis, Nini Jonker, 'Wijnand Nuyen, 1813-1839: Romantische werken', The Hague 1977, ill. p. 70, no. 33.
-Pieter A. Scheen, 'Lexicon Nederlandse Beeldende Kunstenaars 1750-1880', The Hague 1981, ill. no. 177

Provenance:
-Wih Kunsthandel Pieter A. Scheen, The Hague.

Please compare to a larger painting by the artist with a similar composition in the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, inv. no. 1603, dated 1836.

Wijnand Nuijen is probably one of the most noticeable romantics of the Netherlands. In contrast to his Dutch contemporaries, Nuijen mainly focused on the developments in romantic landscape painting in France and England. The similarities between his oeuvre and the work of Eugène Isabey (1803-1886) are remarkable. As with Isabey, Nuijen had the talent and ability to uplift reality with a fantasticalness. His style and compositions invoke in us a dreamlike quality. Despite the early recognition for his talent, the non-realistic character of Nuijen’s work and his non-conformist attitude was often criticized by the contemporary art critics.

Nuijen holds a unique position in Dutch nineteenth century art. As one of the most promising prodigies of the romantic school, his early demise at the age of 26-years leaves us with a sense of regret. One could only imagine the dazzling paintings this artistic genius could have produced. Due to his premature death, Nuijen left a selective but highly qualitative oeuvre, with the most important paintings already in the possession of museal collections. The appearance of two important works by Nuijen on the art market is extremely rare.

A Distinguished Collection: lots 56-96.

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Hamerprijs: € 28.000

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