Johannes Hermann Barend Koekkoek, Amsterdam 1840 – Hilversum 1912
A Man-O-War and a Freighter in the Roadstead
Oil on canvas
81 x 115 cm
A roadstead is a body of water sheltered from rip currents, spring tides or ocean swell where ships can lie reasonably safely at anchor without dragging or snatching. It can be open or natural, usually estuary-based, or may be created artificially.
A roadstead can be an area of safe anchorage for ships waiting to enter a port (or to form a convoy); if sufficiently sheltered and convenient it can be used for transshipment of goods and stores or troops. In the days of sailing ships, some voyages could only easily be made with a change in wind direction, and ships would wait for a change of wind in a safe anchorage. More on a roadstead
Johannes Hermanus Barend Koekkoek (July 6, 1840, Amsterdam – January 24, 1912, Hilversum) was a Dutch artist. He was the son of artist Hermanus Koekkoek, brother of Willem Koekkoek, and nephew of Barend Cornelis Koekkoek. His grandfather was the painter Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek.
In 1800 he moved to Middelburg and became a staff member in a wallpaper factory. At the same time he was a student of the “Middelburgse Teeken-Academie”, founded in 1778, where he studied for copperplate engravings and plaster casts. In 1803 he received the award “Primus of the Academy in Drawing and the Naked, Living Image of Man”. In the wallpaper workshop of Thomas Gaal was also Jakob Perkois, who also earned a reputation as a painter
Koekkoek started painting in the romantic tradition of his father but after 1864 he changed his style to a kind of realism, under influence of the Hague School. More on Johannes Hermanus Barend Koekkoek
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