Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch

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Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch (1824-1903), also known as Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch was a Dutch painter of the Hague School. He is noted especially for his watercolours.

In 1849, two years after Weissenbruch staged his first exhibition, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem acquired one of his panoramic landscapes. However, that early success did not last very long. In spite of the prestige he had earned among his colleagues, he did not achieve public acknowledgement until the late 1880s. During this intermediate period, Weissenbruch went from being a characteristic painter of Dutch Romanticism to one of the best representatives of the Hague School. His lively dune landscapes led to a series of atmospheric impressions of the Dutch polders, in which the artist paid special attention to his representation of the cloudy skies with its light and shadows and the dynamics of the permanent winds.

Weissenbruch enjoyed working outdoors in the countryside. He usually found his subjects in the area around The Hague where he lived, rarely going far from home. However, in 1900, at the age of seventy, he took a trip to Barbizon where he painted his famous forest scene. The journey to Barbizon must have been a kind of pilgrimage for him, since it was in this area that French painters, in around 1830, had first begun to paint in the open air on a large scale.

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Cellar of the Artist’s Home in The Hague

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On rainy days even a Hague School artist could not work outside. Weissenbruch would then turn to his own house, painting views of the cellar, attic and courtyard. Such paintings allowed him to study the effect of light and the resulting range of colours. A few green cabbage leaves on the tile floor enliven the otherwise subdued palette. 1888, Rijksmuseum,...
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Drawbridge at Noorden

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After 1875, Weissenbruch visited the village of Noorden near Nieuwkoop Lake every summer, to draw studies in the open. Although these large format watercolours seem to be outdoor paintings, they were in fact made at the artist’s studio. In this watercolour, Weissenbruch renders the reflection of the light in the water with especial subtlety. It leaves the...
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Landscape with Windmill near Schiedam

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The shipping canal, known as the Trekvliet, ran between the Rijswijkplein and the Vliet. On the left looming above the trees can be seen the tower of the house called de Binckhort. On the right (across the river) is the Laak windmill (Laakmolen). The name "Laakmolen" refers to the milk that could be bought there. It was a popular destination for a Sunday...
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Summer Day

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Instead of a traditional mill, Weissenbruch now painted a modern pumping engine, which regulated the level of the water in the polder. He probably made this oil sketch somewhere outside of The Hague. Weissenbruch tacked the sheet of paper onto the lid of his paintbox: the tiny holes are still visible in the corners. Back in his studio, he incorporated the...
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The mill

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A mill and some houses in a canal, a farmer with a yoke on the shoulders driving some cows across a bridge. In the distance a second mill. 1870-1903, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The Trekvliet Shipping Canal near Rijswijk

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A tranquil landscape executed in bright colours: this early painting by Weissenbruch is still very Romantic in feel. Yet unlike the Romantic painters, Weissenbruch did not alter reality to suit his imagination, but gave a topographically accurate representation. The Trekvliet Canal linked The Hague with the neighbouring villages of Rijswijk and Voorburg....
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View of Turfmarkt and Eendjespoort in Haarlem

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This watercolour shows Turfmarkt in Haarlem. On the left is Lange Brug, the bridge that spans Zuider Spaarne; on the right is Eendjespoort or Leidse Waterpoort – the town gate. The scene is confidently portrayed with brown and grey ink on four sheets attached together. Weissenbruch probably chose this dull paper for its colour, which was especially suited...
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Wooded View near Barbizon

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The Barbizon artists’ colony was located on the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau, southeast of Paris. Barbizon painters exerted a major influence on the Hague School. For this reason, Weissenbruch made a pilgrimage there for his only trip abroad, which he made at the ripe age of 76! He portrayed the characteristic birch forest, with a painter leaning...
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