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    Sale 3063

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art - (including Dutch Impressionism)

    24 - 25 May 2016, Amsterdam

  • Lot 281

    Willem Roelofs (Amsterdam 1822-1897 Berchem)

    Stortbui: the approaching storm near Gouda

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    Willem Roelofs (Amsterdam 1822-1897 Berchem)
    Stortbui: the approaching storm near Gouda
    signed 'W: Roelofs.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    52.5 x 93.5 cm.

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    Willem Roelofs is considered one of the most important landscape painters of his time and a predecessor of en plein air painting in Holland. His quest for a sincere study of nature was certainly enhanced bij Roelofs deep admiration for the Barbizon School. In Brussels, where he lived from 1847 until 1887, he was introduced to the work of these French masters, inciting him to make several trips to the woods of Fontainebleau in the early 50s which left a clear imprint on his art.

    Roelofs belonged to the core of the so-called The Hague School and various talented students such as Paul Gabriel (1828-1903) and Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915) came to Brussels to be taught by him. Mesdag labelled his teacher the first and foremost renewer of Dutch landscape painting. In 1848 Roelofs' work was exhibited for the first time at the Exposition Generale in Brussels, the Belgian equivalent of the annual Dutch exhibitions for 'Levende Meesters', which showed works by contemporary artists. The exhibition was a great success for Roelofs, evidenced by the fact that the King of Belgium purchased one of his landscapes. Following this success many commissions soon followed.

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    Anonymous sale; Sotheby Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 11 May 1982, lot 248.
    with Kunsthandel Simonis & Buunk, Ede, by 2001.
    with Kunsthandel Rococco, Gulpen, by 2002, where acquired by the present owner.


    Peter Thoben, De Haagse School: Thema van een Collectioneur, Eindhoven, 1992, p. 40, no. 91, as: Naderend regenweer bij Gouda (ook stortbui)


    Eindhoven, Museum Kempenland, De Haagse School: Thema van een Collectioneur, 4 July-6 September 1992, no. 91, as: Naderend weer bij Gouda (ook Stortbui).