Lot 140
Nineteenth Century & Early Modern Art | 18 November 2021
Wijnand Nuijen (1813-1839)

A stranded ship on the coast

signed and dated 'WJJ Nuyen. f 1836-' (lower right)

oil on panel, 30x42 cm

-Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, 'Ons element', 23 June-30 July 1951.
-Schiedam, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 'Schilderijen der Nederlandse- en Franse School uit de verzameling van B. de Geus van den Heuvel, Amsterdam', 22 December 1951-13 January 1952, no. 53.
-The Hague, Panorama Mesdag, 'Tentoonstelling van schilderijen en tekeningen door W.J.J. Nuyen', 11 October-2 November 1952, no. 27. -Delft, Prinsenhof, 'De romantische school', 23 December 1955-12 February 1956, no. 71.
-Oss, Jan Cunen Museum, 'Van Romantiek tot Haagse School' 5 October-27 October 1957, no. 30.
-Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, 'Schilderijen uit de Romantische School', 1 December 1957-5 January 1958, no. 64.
-Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 'Van Romantiek tot Amsterdamse School, Schilderijen uit de collectie B. de Geus van den Heuvel', 7 July-29 September 1958, no. G45.
-Arnhem, Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, 'Schilders van 1815-1850', 4 June-24 July 1960, no. 42.
-Laren, Singer Museum, 'Keuze uit de collectie B. de Geus van den Heuvel, Schilderijen, aquarellen 18de-20ste eeuw, ter gelegenheid van zijn tachtigste verjaardag', 9 April-30 May 1966, no. 32.
-Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, 'Fantasie en werkelijkheid 1830-1850', 17 July-10 September 1967, no. 118.
-The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, 'Wijnand Nuyen, 1813-1839: Romantische werken', 17 December 1977-12 February 1978, no. 31.

-Panorama Mesdag, 'Tentoonstelling van schilderijen en tekeningen door W.J.J. Nuyen', The Hague 1952, ill. p. 35, no. 27.
-John Sillevis, Nini Jonker, 'Wijnand Nuyen, 1813-1839: Romantische werken', The Hague 1977, ill. pp. 66 and 69, no. 31.
-Pieter A. Scheen, 'Lexicon Nederlandse Beeldende Kunstenaars 1750-1880', The Hague 1981, ill. no. 177.
-Henk Dinkelaar and Leendert Couprie, 'Wijnand Nuyen en zijn vrienden, Speurtocht in de Hollandse romantiek', Rijswijk 1993, ill. p. 55, no. 4.13.

-Collection J. Blaauboer, Amsterdam.
-Auction, Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 1 May 1951, lot 56.
-Collection Mr. Bas de Geus van den Heuvel (1886-1976), Nieuwersluis, by 1951-1976; His auction, Sotheby's Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 26 April 1976, lot 157.
-With Kunsthandel Pieter A. Scheen, The Hague.

Please compare the present lot to a drawing by the artist with the same composition in the collection of the Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België in Brussels, inv. no. 2730 (see: John Sillevis, Nini Jonker, 'Wijnand Nuyen, 1813-1839: Romantische werken', The Hague 1977, ill. p. 106, no. 90).

The international appearance of Nuijen’s oeuvre is remarkable and very exceptional in comparison to his Dutch colleagues. Most Dutch romantics focused on landscape art in the Low Countries, and maybe undertook the occasional journey to Germany or Belgium. Nuijen however looked beyond the borders and focused his gaze mainly towards the rapid developments of landscape art in France. His art does not necessarily need to reflect nature as realistic as possible, but often has a fantastical character.

Of all the French painters, Nuijen’s work is most comparable to the oeuvre of Eugène Isabey (1803-1886). This well-known artist devoted a great part of his life to painting coastal scenes in Normandy, and he was, along with Eugène Lepoittevin (1806-1870) and Théodore Gudin (1802-1880), the most important French painter of seascapes. The influence of Isabey spread throughout Europe using lithographs after his compositions. Nuijen even made various sketches after these prints, stressing the importance of this artist on the career of Nuijen.

The present lot, with the stranded boat, refers to this French approach of painting coastal scenes. The dramatic aspect of the composition shows the undeniable talent of Wijnand Nuijen, the boy wonder of Dutch romantic art. Instead of the temperate and fussy character of most of the paintings of his Dutch peers, Nuijen’s brushstrokes seem to sweep over the panel, covering the composition with a vivacious layer. At the same time, the painting radiates the atmosphere of a windy day at the beach, further dramatizing the peril of the boat being stuck in the sand.

At the age of 26, Wijnand Nuijen died as one of the most talented artists of the country. Nuijen left a selective but very qualitative oeuvre. This painting has a huge pedigree and was clearly well coveted in the twentieth century. It remained in the prestigious collection of Bas de Geus van den Heuvel for more than 25 years and was then sold by Pieter A. Scheen to the family of the present owners. It is an honour to auction such a beautiful and rare masterpiece.

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€ 15.000,00
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€ 72.500,00

Hamerprijs: € 72.500