oil on board 14x21cm (5,5 x 8.2 in) signed and dated H.K. 60 comes with a beautiful black frame.
PROVENANCE: Swedish private collection.
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The Koekkoek family is one of the most celebrated artistic families in the history of Dutch 19th-century painting. Hermanus Koekkoek was born in Middelburg and was the youngest of four sons of Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek (1778-1851). His eldest brother Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (1803-1862) was renowned for his landscape painting, Hermanus is more famous for his depictions of stormy seascapes and tranquil river landscapes.
Hermanus trained with his father, moving to Amsterdam in 1832 where he exhibited at the Koninklijke Academy. Like his father, he mostly painted maritime subjects and travelled extensively throughout the Netherlands for his inspiration. He had four sons, all of whom were talented painters in their own right, notably Willem Koekkoek (1839-1895) who exhibited regularly in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
In The Rescue Hermanus painted an open atmosphere with high clouds and a patterned sky, which opens for warm sunlight on the greenish waves. He has succeeded to create a realistic impression of the typical Dutch weather, and it's famous light. We are given a chance to observe the progress when the crew is rescued from a sinking ship. The drama is captured in a way that few other artists can paint.
This painting has been carefully restored by a conservator in Stockholm. The picture below demonstrates the difference before and after cleaning:
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