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

biography of Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

Portrait of artist, painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

Portrait 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 depicting intimate scenes in the atmosphere of Hildebrands Camera Obscura. In an extremely precise style he paints small, homely scenes in which the subject is 'human comedy'. His posh, unmarried sisters, with whom he lived, were model for this. The ladies were usually dressed in 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 interior, he presented 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 stock 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 their 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. The fact that he worked in such a small format was sometimes associated with myopia, but it certainly corresponded to 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 made a contemporary in the 'Kunstkronijk' remark: 'The image is so taken from life that we are tempted to dream a story about it.'

Bakker Korff was a member of The Hague Pulchri Studio and was awarded the Order of Leopold after a very successful exhibition in Brussels in 1870. He taught, among others, J.H. van Rossum du Chattel and J. 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | The letter, oil on panel, 11.2 x 7.1 cm, signed l.l.

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

The letter, ca.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Tea-time, oil on panel, signed l.l.

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

painting • previously for sale

Tea-time

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 | 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 | 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

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 | 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 | 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


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

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff | The glass of port wine, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 30.0 x 21.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '75

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The glass of port wine, 1875


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