A collection of works by Anthonie Pieter Schotel (lots 69-74)
On examination of the works of Anthonie Pieter Schotel, it soon becomes clear what his main interests were: sky, water and ships. Starting his career as a traditional second generation impressionist, painting overall views of well known Dutch harbours, in monochrome brown and grey tones, he gradually developed into a more experimental artist, sometimes using surprising light and pastel colours and composing his canvasses and watercolours like a photographer. These later compositions strongly resemble snap-shot photographs; the observer much closer to the subject than before and the eye focussed on cut-off moored boats or harbour jetties. The atmosphere is conveyed through the use of light and colour, rather than a general, conveniently arranged view of the actual envirenment. Topographical identification of the works is only possible from the titles in question.
Although Schotel is commonly known as the painter of the Dutch Zuiderzee, now the IJsselmeer, with its fishing-vessels and typical harbours like Volendam and Spakenburg, he produced some of his best works in France during trips in 1923, 1924 and 1936. There, in Normandy, Brittany and the Côte d'Azur, the atmosphere caught in oil and watercolour is quite unlike that of his Dutch paintings. In these compositions however, he again could not resist the themes that link his complete oeuvre, forever faithful to his favorite subjects; the briny scent of sea, wind and fish. The present collection gives a representative impression of Schotel at work in both countries, with interesting examples of Douarnenez, Volendam and Muiden.