George Willem Opdenhoff, FISHING BOATS ON SCHEVENINGEN BEACH 01 Classic Works of Art, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #129

George Willem Opdenhoff, 1807-1873, DUTCH

FISHING BOATS ON SCHEVENINGEN BEACH

Oil on canvas

48 by 68.5cm., 19 by 27in.

Private collection

Scheveningen is one of the eight districts of The Hague, Netherlands. The earliest reference to the name Sceveninghe goes back to around 1280.

The village was continuously hit by storms. After this last storm, the villagers decided to build a harbour. Until then, the fishing boats had had a flat bottom, and were pulled up the beach. By around 1870, over 150 of these boats were in use. Once the harbour had been constructed in 1904, more modern ships replaced the flat bottoms. More on Scheveningen

George Willem Opdenhoff was born in Fulda (Germany) in 1807, he died in The Hague in 1873. He was a pupil of the landscape painter A. Schelfhout and J.C. Schotel who painted seascapes. He lived and worked in Breda from 1835 to 1837. After traveling to the French coast in 1837, he settled in Rotterdam between 1837 and 1842. About 1842 he moved to The Hague. He painted seascapes, beach scenes and riverscapes. He exhibited in The Hague between 1835 and 1867 and Rotterdam in 1873. His work is included in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. More on George Willem Opdenhoff 

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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