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Johan Barthold Jongkind (Dutch, 1819-1891)
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Johan Barthold Jongkind (Dutch, 1819-1891)

Moulin et scierie, Hollande: Windmill on the water, Holland

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Johan Barthold Jongkind (Dutch, 1819-1891)
Moulin et scierie, Hollande: Windmill on the water, Holland
signed 'J.B. Jongkind' (lower left)
oil on panel
17½ x 20 in. (45 x 50.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1843.
Provenance
with Kunsthandel D. Sala en Zonen, The Hague.
Collection Veltman.
Collection Vles, Switzerland.
Mr M.P. Bolken, Amsterdam.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 25 February 1987, lot 4.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 12 February 1997, lot 27.
Literature
Victorine Hefting, Jongkind: Sa Vie, Son Oeuvre, Son Epoque, Paris, 1975, p. 66, no. 25 (illustrated).
Adolphe Stein, Jongkind: Catalogue critique de l'oeuvre Peintures, Paris, 2003, Vol. I, p. 71, no. 28, (illustrated).
Exhibited
The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Johan Barthold Jongkind 1819-1891, 3 July-5 September 1948, cat.no. 1.
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Johan Barthold Jongkind 1819-1891, 8 October-15 November 1948, cat.no. 1.
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Lot Essay

The present lot is a fine example of the Johan Jongkind's early and more Romantic work. The artist grew up in Holland around the small village of Maassluis with its many waterways and boats so it is no surprise that he would look to his native water-dominated landscape for inspiration.

In 1837 Jongkind enrolled at the Drawing Academy in The Hague where he met and was taught by Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870), whose romanticism had a profound effect on Jongkind's early work.
Schelfhout introduced Jongkind to Eugène Isabey (1803-1886) and in 1846 Jongkind accompanied Isabey to Normandy, which marked a turning point in his artistic career. Eventually his rendering of fleeting effects of light and reflections, already very evident in the present lot, would make him a true pioneer of Impressionism.

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