19th Century European Paintings at Sotheby’s

The sale of important 19th Century European Paintings at Sotheby’s Amsterdam on Tuesday 21 October 2003 will again offer several impressive examples of the Dutch Romantic School paintings. One of the highlights is a detailed View on the Market Square in Zwolle by Cornelis Springer, an oil on panel from 1869 that has been on loan in the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle and has never been offered before (euro160,000-200,000). Cornelis Springer (1817-1891), who grew up in a family of carpenters and building contractors, and mastered the principles of architectural drawing and perspective already at an early age, is also represented with a lively Town view with figures near a gate. This painting was recently discovered in a US private collection. Outstanding is the excellent rendering of the many figures (euro200,000-300,000).

Another prominent Romantic School artist, Andreas Schelfhout, is represented with a delicate ice scene with skaters (euro40,000-60,000).

The sale offers several important works from the renowned Janssen Collection, ’A Lady’s Taste’, that will be offered this Autumn in Amsterdam, London, Paris and New York. Highlight is an impressive Nude Reading by Isaac Israels, undoubtedly one of his finest nudes (euro100,000-150,000). The Janssen Collection also offers two brilliant watercolours by Jacob Maris (Bomschuit on the beach and View of Dordrecht (euro10,000-15,000 each) and a Church Interior painted by Johannes Bosboom (euro7,000-10,000). International artists in this collection include Jean François Rafaelli (Les Oeillets, euro30,000-50,000), Eugène Isabey, Henri Joseph Harpignies and Adolphe Monticelli.

The sale offers works from two other private collections. One is an international collection with “Romantic” works by Cornelis Springer and Wouterus Verschuur sr. and Impressionist art by The Hague School painters such as Willem Roelofs (Landscape with cows and ducks, euro10,000-15,000) and P.J.C. Gabriël (Mill near Abcoude, euro7,000-9,000).

The second private collection offers works by the Dutch “Tachtigers” and the Hague School, including Drie tinnen kannen (Three pewter ewers) by Floris Verster (euro8,000-12,000), Reclining Nude by Isaac Israels (euro25,000-35,000), Horseman on a path by Jacob Maris (euro15,000-20,000) and an excellent Figures in a Park by Adolphe Monticelli (euro20,000-30,000). Imposing is a Sea view with Bomschuiten, painted in brilliant colours by Hendrik Willem Mesdag (78 by 112 cm, euro80,000-120,000.

Horseback Riding in Hyde park by Isaac Israels, offered from a private collection, is a colourful work painted in 1913-1914 when Israels stayed in London (euro120,000-150,000). By Johan Barthold Jongkind, one of the predecessors of French Impressionism, is a fine View on the Main Gate of Rotterdam, painted in 1875 (euro35,000-45,000).

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