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Robert C. NOORTMAN - Oil on canvas and oil on panel-Robert C. NOORTMAN

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JAN HENDRIK WEISSENBRUCH (The Hague 1824 - The Hague 1903)

Windmill in a Polder Landscape
Oil on panel: 16.2 x 21.5/ 6 3/8 x 8 7/16 inches

Signed lower left: 'J. H. Weissenbruch'
Amidst a seemingly endless terrain of polders a majestic mill stands. Its sails are sharply set off against the azure sky. The setting sun lights a lonely cloud. Weissenbruch used an extremely low viewpoint; even the tiny silhouette of the farmer extends above the horizon.

One of the leading artists of the celebrated The Hague School Weissenbruch is noted for his rendering of light effects and the tonal qualities of his landscapes. Weissenbruch?s early works date from the late 1840s and beginning of the 1850s and reveal an admiration for the great landscape painters of the seventeenth century, especially Jacob van Ruisdael. Weissenbruch soon broke away from recreating this type of landscape in the idealized manner of Andreas Schelfhout and discovered the beauties of the Dutch landscape in real-life. As he enthusiastically began studying the atmosphere and the ever changing weather, his technique changed dramatically and attained more spontaneity. The present small panel dates from the 1890s, the artist?s best period. The composition is preserved in two other works. One is a watercolour. The other, a canvas of monumental dimensions and one of the biggest paintings Weissenbruch realized, was formerly in our gallery. Obviously, Weissenbruch based the latter painting on the watercolour and on our small painting.

With L. Krüger, The Hague
Private collection, Netherlands
With Richard Polak, The Hague, 1999
With Thomas Colville, New Haven (CT)
Private collection, Connecticut, U. S. A.

W. Laanstra, Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch 1824 - 1903, Amsterdam 1992, no. O/16-1, p. 79, illustrated in colour
One Hundred Master Paintings, (dealer catalogue Noortman Master Paintings) Maastricht 2007, no. 80, pp. 346-349, illustrated in colour

Oss, Museum Jan Cunen/ The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, J H Weissenbruch 1824 - 1903, 1999/2000 (catalogue edited by E. Jacobs et al.), no. 63, p. 134, illustrated in colour

Artist biography:
Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch is the best-known member of an artistically gifted family. In 1840 he began taking drawing lessons with the Norwegian artist Johannes Löw. From 1846 he studied at the Royal Academy in his native city, with Bartholomeus J. van Hove. The next year he exhibited a work a

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  • Origin : NETHERLANDS

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