Hendrik Willem Mesdag

Hendrik Willem Mesdag - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915) was a Dutch painter. Mesdag was already 35 in 1866 when he decided to become an artist. Until then he had been working at his father's bank and had drawn purely for pleasure. To pursue his studies he moved to Brussels, where his teacher was the Dutch painter Willem Roelofs. The sea became Mesdag's principal theme. In 1869, he settled by the coast at The Hague. His favourite place for painting was the beach at Scheveningen. In 1870 he made his international breakthrough, winning a medal at the Paris Salon. His most spectacular work, the Panorama, was completed in 1881. This circular canvas, 14 metres high and 120 metres in circumference, can be seen in The Hague near Museum Mesdag. He founded the museum next to his house together with his wife Sientje Mesdag-Van Houten, herself an artist, to show their collection of work by artists of the Hague and Barbizon schools.

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Hendrik Willem Mesdag

Calm sea

€37.00
Calm sea. Fishing boats in shallow water near the shore. In the foreground a man with an anchor wades through the water. 1860-1900, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Fishing Pinks in Breaking Waves

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Mesdag was fascinated by the sea, fishermen and their fishing ‘pinks’. These vessels had a flat bottom that allowed them to be hauled up onto the beach. Fishing Pinks in Breaking Waves depicts the moment when the new catch is being distributed. With its horizontal format and rugged brushwork, Mesdag transformed an everyday scene into a monumental...
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Lighthouse in Breaking Waves

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From 1870 the fishing village of Scheveningen grew rapidly into a modern seaside resort. Mesdag, however, rarely depicted the boulevard, or the new harbour that was built in 1904. He preferred to paint the traditional life of fishermen. This picture is an exception: a light-house, or rather a beacon. Signal lights, piers and the lighthouse were installed...
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