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JOHAN BARTHOLD JONGKIND (LATTROP 1819-1891 LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ)
JOHAN BARTHOLD JONGKIND (LATTROP 1819-1891 LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ)
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PROPERTY OF HEIRS OF FRANZ KOENIGS
JOHAN BARTHOLD JONGKIND (LATTROP 1819-1891 LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ)

Two houses in Maassluis (recto); Two views of a house surrounded by trees (verso)

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JOHAN BARTHOLD JONGKIND (LATTROP 1819-1891 LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ)
Two houses in Maassluis (recto); Two views of a house surrounded by trees (verso)
signed, inscribed and dated ‘Maassluis/ Hollande/Jongkind 1839’ (recto); inscribed ‘’D/ S6/ 66’ (verso)
watercolour (recto); graphite and watercolour (verso), watermark (‘VI’)
14 1/8 x 11 3/8 in. (36 x 29 cm)
Provenance
Franz Wilhelm Koenigs (1881-1941), Haarlem, presumably acquired circa 1900-1920; thence by descent to the present owners.
Literature
V. Hefting, Jongkind. Sa vie, son œuvre, son époque, Paris, 1975, p. 19, no. 2, ill.
P.C. Sutton, Northern European Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From the Sixteenth through the Nineteenth Century, Philadelphia, 1990, p. 144, under no. 49, fig. 49-I.
Exhibited
Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Jongkind, 1971, no. 49, ill.

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Made as a young artist in 1839, when still a student of Andreas Schelfhout at the Academy in The Hague, this watercolour probably depicts the house of Jongkind’s mother in Maassluis, West of Rotterdam. He would move to Paris only in 1846, and there become a precursor to the impressionists, but his free approach to the study of landscape from life is already apparent in the present work. Much of the watercolour's freshness is lost in a painted version at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which composition largely corresponds to (inv. E1924-3-84 (Sutton, op. cit., no. 49, ill.). The painting is dated 1871, suggesting that Jongkind kept – and cherished – the much earlier work for most of his life as a souvenir of his home country and native town.

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