The artist was born in The Hague in 1824 and died in the same city on March 24, 1903. Stimulated by the artistic milieu in which he grew up, his only aspiration as a child was to become a painter. At the age of sixteen Weissenbruch began his professional carreer and started taking drawinglessons with J.J. Low. Later on he attended eveningclasses at the Hague Academy with B.J. van Hove. Inspired by the famous romantic landscape painter Andreas Schelfhout, Weissenbruch decided to make landscape the prime subject of his works. He found his motives in the surroundings of The Hague, and from 1875 onwards he also frequently chose Noorden and Nieuwkoop as subjects for his paintings.
Although Schelfhout's influence is clearly seen in Weissenbruch's early panoramic landscapes, he soon lost the romantic characteristics and started looking for his own style. Weissenbruch belonged to the first generation Hague School painters. He tried to render a realistic landscape in which light and impressive sky played an important role.
One of Weissenbruch's favourite motives was beach scenes. Especially the spectacular skies he saw during his frequent walks alongside the beach of Scheveningen appealed to his imagination. The present lot depicts the Northsea cost nearby Scheveningen and falls in a series of works with comparable compositions which Weissenbruch made throughout his carreer (see for example: Strand met witte wolk (1887), oil on canvas, 73 x 103 cm. Collection Haags Gemeentemuseum, inv.no. 6-1887; or Strandgezicht, oil on panel, 17.8 x 24.2 cm. Collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, inv.no. A4671).
Bomschuiten at sea shows Weissenbruch's attention for the effects of light; the seawater is covered by the shadow of the clouds and in the far distance the bright white stroke of sand illuminates along the horizon. This canvas is a typical example of Weissenbruch's great interpretation of the Dutch landscape; he succeeds with his impressionistic style to catch the atmosphere of a windy day at the beach.