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David Joseph Blesartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanDen Haag 1821-1899

biography of David Joseph Bles

David Bles was born in The Hague as the son of the merchant Joseph Bles. His talent took him to the drawing academy, after which he was taught by Cornelis Kruseman. The painter was very successful in his time with his portraits and well-typed genre pieces, which he often provided with 18th-century furnishings. In a cheerful and humorous way, he pointed out the small flaws of his fellow man, usually belonging to the upper class. Bles lived and worked in The Hague most of his life. In addition to painting, he also drew, watercolored, etched and lithographed.


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Bles D.J.


David Joseph Bles | Taking a nap, oil on canvas, 35.6 x 46.0 cm, signed l.r. (vague)

David Joseph Bles

painting • for sale

Taking a nap


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Bles D.J.


David Joseph Bles | Interior with a lady, reading, oil on panel, 13.3 x 18.4 cm, signed u.l. and u.r.

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

Interior with a lady, reading

David Joseph Bles | The inattentive teacher, oil on panel, 31.1 x 41.6 cm, signed l.r.

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

The inattentive teacher

David Joseph Bles | Mother and child, oil on panel, 21.6 x 28.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated '56

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

Mother and child, 1856

David Joseph Bles | Musical performance, Batavia, oil on panel, 52.5 x 73.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated September 1874 on the reverse

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

Musical performance, Batavia, 1874

David Joseph Bles | An early visit, oil on panel, 26.0 cm, signed l.r.

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

An early visit

David Joseph Bles | Playing with the dog, oil on panel, 37.0 x 44.0 cm, signed c.l. and dated '55

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

Playing with the dog, 1855

David Joseph Bles | An elegant lady reading, oil on panel, 12.5 x 16.5 cm, signed l.l.

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

An elegant lady reading

David Joseph Bles | Concert-piece, oil on panel, 17.0 x 20.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated '56

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

Concert-piece, 1856

David Joseph Bles | Playtime, oil on panel, 29.5 x 23.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1869

David Joseph Bles

painting • previously for sale

Playtime, 1869

David Joseph Bles | The lazy kitchen master, pencil and watercolour on paper, 22.0 x 29.6 cm, signed l.l.

David Joseph Bles

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The lazy kitchen master


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