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Alexander Hugo Bakker Korffartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanDen Haag 1824-1882 Leiden

biography of Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff was born in The Hague in 1824 and attended classes at the Academy of The Hague and Antwerp from 1844, before settling in Leiden in 1856. Initially he painted biblical and mythological scenes in a romantic classicist style, but in 1859 he switched to a different genre. He leaves the historical genre, breaks with academic conventions and is skilled in portraying intimate interiors of the noble 19th-century Leiden families in the atmosphere of Hildebrands Camera Obscura. He paints small paintings in an extremely precise style with homely scenes in which the subject was 'human comedy'. His posh, unmarried sisters, with whom he lived, modeled for this. Usually the ladies were dressed in dated 18th century clothing, of which Bakker Korff had a whole collection in his studio. Surrounded by all kinds of bric-à-brac in an overcrowded Biedermeier interior, he performed their lives and established habits. Always with humor and light irony, which he captured in witty titles such as 'The aunts go on a journey', A cup of broth and a glass of port 'or' La politique au déjeuner. Not only because of the technically refined style, but also because of the irony, the painter's work quickly became very popular and many 'Bakker Korffje' found his way to art-buying audiences at home and abroad.

Bakker Korff must have had great admiration for the 17th-century fine painters Gerard Dou and Gabriël Metsu who worked in his hometown of Leiden. Like his predecessors, Bakker Korff paid much attention to the expression of the material in his paintings; he perfectly reproduced silk and velvet, glass, copper and porcelain clothing. His paintings, usually no larger than an A4 sheet, are colorful and balanced in their composition. That he worked in such a small format was sometimes associated with myopia, but at least it met the taste of the audience. Incidentally, Bakker Korff also sometimes worked on photos, but this was not something he went for sale with.

It was these kinds of paintings that a contemporary in the 'Kunstkronijk' remarked: 'The depiction is so taken from life that we are tempted to dream of a history with it.' Panels of such a 'large' size and so on. a wealth of figures and details are very rarely in circulation.

Bakker Korff was a member of The Hague Pulchri Studio and was awarded the Leopold Order after a very successful exhibition in Brussels. He taught among others Fredericus Jacobus van Rossum du Chattel and Jan Jacob Zuidema Broos. The painter died in 1882. In the necrology of Bakker Korff in De Nederlandsche Spectator, literary scholar Carel Vosmaer writes: 'He never declined to the lowly comedic, caricature and sharp mockery did not proceed. The banter always remains with him of good houses, and mildly with heart.'


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Bakker Korff A.H.


Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | De aanbevelingsbrief, oil on panel, 23.7 x 30.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1876

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

De aanbevelingsbrief, 1876

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | La politique au déjeuner, oil on panel, 26.6 x 36.0 cm, gesigneerd l.o. and dated '67

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

La politique au déjeuner, 1867

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | A woman mending, pencil, pen in brown ink on paper, 16.1 x 12.4 cm, signed l.l. with initials

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A woman mending

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Bric-à-brac seller, oil on panel, 19.0 x 14.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated '67

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Bric-à-brac seller, 1867

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Daily activities, pen on paper, 30.0 x 44.0 cm, signed c.r. and dated 1873

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Daily activities, 1873

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | La Gazette du matin, oil on panel, 15.0 x 12.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '68

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

La Gazette du matin, 1868

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | La Gazette du matin, oil on panel, 15.0 x 12.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '68

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

La Gazette du matin, 1868

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | La politique au déjeuner (preliminary study), oil sketch on panel, 21.7 x 27.4 cm, painted circa 1867

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

La politique au déjeuner (preliminary study), ca. 1867

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | La politique au déjeuner (study), oil on panel, 21.7 x 27.4 cm, painted circa 1867

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

La politique au déjeuner (study), ca. 1867

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Lecture du matin, pencil, pen and ink on paper, 21.8 x 17.8 cm, signed l.r. with initials

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Lecture du matin

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Les Antiquités, oil on panel, 14.1 x 12.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated '72

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Les Antiquités, 1872

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Les poissons Chinois, oil on panel, 14.9 x 12.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '79

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Les poissons Chinois, 1879

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Letter of recommendation, oil on panel, 23.7 x 30.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1876

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Letter of recommendation, 1876

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Maternity visit, oil on panel, 14.5 x 19.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '68

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Maternity visit, 1868

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Reading aloud, drawing on paper, 19.0 x 16.0 cm, signed u.l. and dated '80

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Reading aloud, 1880

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Reading the Bible: Jesaja Chapter III:12, oil on panel, 13.5 x 11.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '76

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Reading the Bible: Jesaja Chapter III:12, 1876

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Reading the bible, oil on panel, 19.6 x 15.9 cm, signed l.l.

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Reading the bible

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Tea-time, oil on panel, signed l.l.

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Tea-time

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | The bric-à-brac seller, oil on panel, 19.0 x 14.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated '68

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

The bric-à-brac seller, 1868

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | The letter, oil on panel, 13.5 x 11.7 cm, signed l.r.

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

The letter

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | The letter, oil on panel, 11.2 x 7.1 cm, signed l.l.

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

The letter

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | The morning paper, watercolour on paper, 17.5 x 14.7 cm

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The morning paper

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | The secondhand dealer, oil on panel, 18.4 x 14.2 cm, signed l.c. and dated '67

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

The secondhand dealer, 1867

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | Three interior drawings, pen and ink on paper, 29.1 x 41.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1873

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Three interior drawings, 1873


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Bakker Korff A.H.


Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | The reconvalescent, oil on panel, 19.8 x 24.0 cm, signed l.l.

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • for sale

The reconvalescent


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