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

biography of David Joseph Bles

David Bles werd in Den Haag geboren als zoon van de koopman Joseph Bles. Zijn talent voerde hem naar de tekenacademie, daarna kreeg hij les van Cornelis Kruseman. De schilder oogstte in zijn tijd veel succes met zijn portretten en goed getypeerde genrestukken, die hij vaak voorzag van een 18e-eeuwse stoffering. Op een opgewekt-humoristische manier wees hij op de kleine gebreken van zijn medemens, meestal behorend tot de gegoede klasse. Bles woonde en werkte vrijwel zijn hele leven in Den Haag. Naast het schilderen heeft hij ook getekend, geaquarelleerd, geëtst en gelithografeerd.


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


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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 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 | 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


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


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