The present lot was painted in Oosterbeek - probably between 1861-1862 - and depicts Jacob Maris' fellow friend the artist Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer (1839-1902) at work. The rural village of Oosterbeek in Gelderland was one of the favorite places of the young Hague School artists. A group of young landscape painters like Gerard Bilders (1838-1865), Johannes de Haas (1832-1908), Anton Mauve (1838-1888), Paul Gabriel (1828-1903) and his brother Willem Maris settled here to work after nature, the so-called Oosterbeekse School. Maris' interest for landscape painting was awakened during his visits to the artist's colony of Oosterbeek in 1859, 1860 and 1864. Preliminary sketches of the present work (previously in the collection of his brother Matthijs, see: Hefting, p. 121), have annotations by his brother Matthijs who confirms the painter is Kaemmerer and date the work 1861-1862. Jacob's friendship with Kaemmerer was close and when Maris settled in Paris in 1865 (where he was to stay untill 1871) he would share a studio on the Rue Mercadet with Kaemmerer, as well as Adolphe Artz (1837-1890).
The purchaser of the present lot is kindly requested to give the work on loan to the exhibition in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam / Petit Palais, Paris, Retour de Paris: Nederlandse kunstenaars in Parijs (1789-1914), October 2017-May 2018.