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    Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831 - 1915) - Fishing boats returning home at Scheveningen

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    Artist: Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831 – 1915)

    Title: Fishing boats returning home at Scheveningen

    Signature: Signed and dated lower right

    Period: 1887

    Material: Oil on canvas

    Measurements: 110 cm H x 170 cm W

    Provenance: An old North German private collection; Auction Schloss Ahlden GmbH, 8 September 2019, lot 1488, illustrated on page 491 of the catalog; Dutch private collection.

    Description

    Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831 – 1915) was one of the leading figures of the The Hague School. He was fascinated by the sea and he remained faithful to this subject the whole length of his career. Mesdag is considered the Dutch marine painter par excellence. This painting depicts a dynamic scene of considerable dimensions with sailing vessels near the coast and an imposing sky. This large canvas is a perfect example of the natural and atmospheric palette so typical for paintings of the The Hague School-artists, done in broad brushstrokes but also with an eye for detail.

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