• Oil on panel
• Netherlands, 1859
• Hermanus Koekkoek I (1815-1882) – Dutch marine artist
• Signed and dated ‘H Koekkoek 59‘ lower left
• Overall dimensions, framed: 29.5 x 38.3 cm
• Good condition
• Provenance: German private collection
• Hermanus Koekkoek I was the most famous artist of the Koekkoek dynasty of painters. His marine pieces were mostly depictions of the Dutch coast and showed the hustle and bustle of harbors and coastal lines.
The marine painter Hermanus Koekkoek I painted this expressive work ‘Fishing Boats in Stormy Water’ in 1859, shortly after he had retired from the urban bustle of Amsterdam and settled in the rural area of Amsterveen. With great skills, the artist has worked on the small-sized panel and created a piece that combines all the facets of his keen sense for the changing moods of the sea and the forces of nature. The horizon is pushed well below the center of the image to create enough space for the towering, gray and black clouds, which remind of the strong winds on the coast. Two fishmen observe the already dangerously inclined ships in the middle of the scene, whose sails are already clearly tighten against the coming storm.
The painting is in a good condition considering its age. It shows minor framing marks. The upper part of the painting shows few slight retouchings. The work is signed and dated at the lower left ‘H Koekkoek 59’. The simple wooden frame is in good condition with minimal traces of age and use. It measures 29.5 cm in height and 38.3 cm in width. The dimensions of the panel are 23.2 x 31.8 cm. On the back side of the panel there is a small label with hand-written specifications.
Hermanus Koekkoek I (1815-1882)
The marine painter Hermanus Koekkoek I was the youngest of the four brothers who founded a true dynasty of painters who belonged to the most important Dutch artists of the 19th century. He became a member of the Royal Academy in Amsterdam in 1876 and was a recognized and very much sought-after artist. His works usually depict impressions of the Dutch coast. The works by Koekkoek the Elder are in the collections of international museums such as the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Mappin Art Gallery in Sheffield or the Maritshuis in Den Haag.
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