Lot 250
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Najaarsveiling 2016
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Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870)

Ice scene with skaters near the city of Dordrecht, the 'Huis te Merwe' in the foreground

signed lower left

oil on panel, 14x19,5 cm

Provenance: this painting by Schelfhout has been in the possession of the owner's family for decades.

“Pearls” in 19th-century Dutch Landscape Painting.

During the era of Dutch Romanticism, Andreas Schelfhout (The Hague 1787–1870) was one of the best and most famous 19th-century landscape artists in the Netherlands. His brilliant paintings, watercolours, and drawings are presented in important private and museum collections worldwide. Long waiting lists of buyers, including royalty and members of the nobility, already existed during Schelfhout’s lifetime. Most popular were his winter scenes with ice-skaters and traditional “koek en zopie” food stands as well as his panoramic summer landscapes. Schelfhouts compositions and motifs attest to great variety and craftsmanship.
His three paintings offered in the current auction are perfect examples of the artist’s outstanding skill (lot 250, 251, 252). The winter landscape shows a panoramic view of the city of Dordrecht with its church, the Groote Kerk, in the distance. The ruin in the foreground is inspired by “Huis ter Merwe”, the remains of a castle from the Middle Ages. With spontaneous, impasto brush strokes, a masterfully executed visual axis, and a carefully chosen palette Schelfhout has created a wonderful composition. Both summer landscapes were created with the same level of technical skill. The powerful use of light and shadow makes these hilly landscapes all the more attractive. Indirectly these summer landscapes can be linked to the tradition of 17th-century landscape painting.

€ 10.000,00
€ 10.000,00

Startbod: € 10.000

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