24 April 2001
Jacob Maris (Dutch, 1837-1899)
Shore at Scheveningen
signed and dated 'J Maris 1881' (lower left)
oil on canvas
22 x 35 cm.
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Tableau, VIII, no. 6, Summer 1986.
London, The French Gallery Pall Mall, Selected Pictures by James Maris: Anton Mauve H. Fantin Latour, 1910, no. 42, as "Shore at Scheveningen".
The environs of the fishing village of Scheveningen, the extensive beach, the North Sea and the dunes already served as a source of inspiration in Jacob Maris' earliest works and would play an important role throughout his artistic career.
Maris' interest for landscape painting was awakened during his visits to the artist's colony of Oosterbeek in 1859, 1860 and 1864. After returning from Paris, where Maris mainly painted Italian folk types, the artist focussed his attention on landscape painting in the surroundings of The Hague. This move back to the artist's native town turned out to be a turning point in his artistic career. Inspired by the painters he had met in Oosterbeek and the work of Barbizon painters he saw in Paris, Maris developed into one of the leading figures of the Hague School and became known for his impressionistic renderings of townviews and landscapes in both summer and winter.
In line with the artistic idiom of the Hague School, Maris mainly made use of a sombre colour-scheme containing a wide range of greys, blues and browns.
The present lot however stands out due to its bright palette with which the artist captured the atmosphere of a warm summer day along the Dutch coast. Noteworthy are also the colourful details of the figures and boats in the surf that further enhance this sunny effect.
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