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Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroekartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanRotterdam 1875-1945

biography of Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek (1875-1945) has become known as a painter of the Rotterdam harbours, the Maas and the Zuiderzee works. His work documents, as it were, the great technical progress and the rapidly increasing activity in the Rotterdam harbors after 1900. The painter liked to sketch outside in rainy weather because of the beauty of the skies and the bright colors: 'I could stand and feast on the wonderful cloud formations and of the color-rich battle between sun and clouds', he wrote to a friend in 1945. Mastenbroek was already widely successful in his lifetime with his impressionistic work. He was one of the best paid painters affiliated with the Haagse Kunstkring and the Hollandsche Teeken-Maatschappij and was a welcome exhibitor at Art et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. In 1931 he painted his most important industrial series, a large series of drawings and paintings about the reclamation of the Zuiderzee and the closing of the Afsluitdijk.
Mastenbroek knew at a young age that he wanted to be a painter. The son of a paint dealer, picture seller and painter, he initially works in his father's business as a house painter and decorator. In the evening he takes classes at the academy in Rotterdam. Soon he can devote himself entirely to painting, with which he achieves more and more success. Even during his lifetime, Mastenbroek was counted among the late bloomers of the Hague School. His atmospheric images of the Rotterdam harbors with high cloudy skies, which he often painted outdoors, are strongly inspired by the work of Jacob Maris. Van Mastenbroek emerges as the chronicler of the new era through his fascination with the development of Rotterdam as a world port at the beginning of the twentieth century. In his paintings he accurately records the activities in the port area, with increasingly modern motorboats, smoking steamers, cranes and dredgers. In the foreground dockworkers working or eating, figures in a boat or walkers on a quay.

In the first place, Mastenbroek was a harbor painter, but as an avid hunter he also painted hunting scenes. These are mainly landscapes decorated with hunters, dogs, invading ducks and pheasants. Just as he recorded the activity of the workers and skippers in the ports, he drew the activity of the hunters in the field. They are busy setting out decoy ducks, looking for snipe beds or 'beating out' a hedge. The old world with its pristine nature and vast landscapes united in its landscapes with the new age and all its technical possibilities.
In 1912 he moves from Rotterdam to Scheveningen. In his villa 'Quambi' he makes his oil paints in the studio that he had built near the house. For years he traveled by train and tram to his beloved Rotterdam to walk around and work there. From the second half of the 1920s, his work was considered somewhat less popular and old-fashioned, and he reached an artistic impasse. The assignment he received from the Ministry of Water Management in 1931 to record the reclamation of the Zuiderzee and the reclamation of the Noordoostpolder came at the right time.


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Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Grain elevators at work in the harbour, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 84.1 x 130.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1913

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Grain elevators at work in the harbour, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The Aelbrechtskolk in Delfshaven, oil on canvas, 28.3 x 35.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '09

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The Aelbrechtskolk in Delfshaven

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Winter fun on a Dutch canal, oil on canvas, 47.2 x 71.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1933

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Winter fun on a Dutch canal

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Flying pheasants, oil on canvas, 100.5 x 70.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1936

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Flying pheasants

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Harbour in Rotterdam, watercolour on paper, 34.4 x 41.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '93

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Harbour in Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of a village, watercolour on paper, 51.0 x 32.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '97

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View of a village

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Sunset over the Leuvehaven, Rotterdam, charchoal, ink, watercolour and gouache on paper, 51.4 x 74.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1902

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Sunset over the Leuvehaven, Rotterdam


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Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Sluisje bij winter (Lock in winter), oil on canvas laid down on panel, 24.3 x 27.4 cm, signed l.l.

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Sluisje bij winter (Lock in winter)

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Board across a ditch, oil on panel, 16.2 x 24.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1942

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Board across a ditch

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Ships in a Egnlish river harbour, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1920

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Ships in a Egnlish river harbour

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Board across a ditch, oil on panel, 16.2 x 24.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1942

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Board across a ditch

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Trekvaart (canal), oil on panel, 16.0 x 11.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Trekvaart (canal)

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Near the city, oil on panel, 13.8 x 17.3 cm, signed l.l.

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Near the city

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A view of the Vierleeuwenbrug, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 41.2 x 60.8 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of the Vierleeuwenbrug, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of a canal, oil on canvas, 34.9 x 27.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1921

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View of a canal

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A lugger in choppy waters, Scheveningen harbour, oil on canvas, 70.3 x 100.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1936

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A lugger in choppy waters, Scheveningen harbour

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Lighters in the Maashaven, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 47.4 x 71.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1930

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Lighters in the Maashaven, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A harbour in Dordrecht with the tower of the Grote Kerk, oil on panel, 15.8 x 16.0 cm, signed l.r.

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A harbour in Dordrecht with the tower of the Grote Kerk

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The ferry, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 60.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1931

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The ferry

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The Rotterdam harbour at sunset, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r. and  dated 1919

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The Rotterdam harbour at sunset

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The Oudehaven, Haringvliet in the distance, oil on canvas, 64.6 x 90.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted 1937

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The Oudehaven, Haringvliet in the distance

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A busy dag at Scheveningen harbour, oil on canvas, 70.0 x 130.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1937

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A busy dag at Scheveningen harbour

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A quiet corner on the river, oil on canvas, 46.9 x 71.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1920

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A quiet corner on the river

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A view of the Nieuwe Haven near the Koestraat, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 28.0 x 35.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1919

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A view of the Nieuwe Haven near the Koestraat, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The Schie in Delfshaven, oil on canvas, 27.6 x 35.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1919

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The Schie in Delfshaven

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Boats going under sail, oil on canvas, 27.3 x 35.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1919

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Boats going under sail

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Fishing boats alongside a quay, oil on canvas, 28.6 x 35.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1914

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Fishing boats alongside a quay

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of the Nieuwe Haven, with the Roobrug beyond, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 69.9 x 59.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1944

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View of the Nieuwe Haven, with the Roobrug beyond, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Quayside, oil on panel, 13.8 x 16.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1919

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Quayside

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A river landscape, oil on canvas, 43.5 x 71.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1919

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A river landscape

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of Monnickendam, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 70.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1937

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View of Monnickendam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The snipe hunt, oil on canvas, 57.4 x 102.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1917

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The snipe hunt

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A townscape, oil on panel, 11.7 x 16.0 cm, signed l.l.

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A townscape

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of Enkhuizen, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1919

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View of Enkhuizen

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Showery weather, Schiedam, oil on canvas, 21.2 x 32.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1905

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Showery weather, Schiedam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of Dordrecht, oil on canvas, 122.7 x 170.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1923

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View of Dordrecht

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | 'Op de Wieken', oil on canvas, 70.5 x 130.5 cm, signed l.r. and on a label on the reverse and dated 1934

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'Op de Wieken'

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Evening twilight, IJsselmeer, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1939

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Evening twilight, IJsselmeer

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Harbour view, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 69.9 x 59.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1944

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Harbour view, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The Wijnhaven, with the Witte Huis beyond, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 70.2 x 99.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1922

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The Wijnhaven, with the Witte Huis beyond, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A harbour view, oil on canvas, 47.5 x 71.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1919

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A harbour view

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A river landscape with ducks flying up, oil on canvas, 68.4 x 128.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1936

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A river landscape with ducks flying up

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Harbour view, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 22.8 x 31.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Harbour view, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A harbour view, oil on canvas, 37.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1900

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A harbour view

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A harbour view, oil on panel, 30.5 x 61.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '94

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A harbour view

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Anglers in a polder landscape, oil on canvas, 50.1 x 70.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1937

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Anglers in a polder landscape

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Harbour view, oil on canvas, 28.7 x 35.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated '09

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Harbour view

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | In remembrance of the Julianafeesten 1909, oil on canvas, 25.0 x 43.0 cm, signed on the reverse and dated 1909

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In remembrance of the Julianafeesten 1909

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A river landscape, oil on canvas, 26.5 x 34.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1919

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A river landscape

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The harbour of Rotterdam, oil on canvas 'cirage', 47.7 x 71.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1928

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The harbour of Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Ducks in a pond, oil on canvas, 70.6 x 100.6 cm, signed l.r.

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Ducks in a pond

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Harbour view, oil on panel, 12.0 x 13.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Harbour view

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Rotterdam at dusk, oil on canvas, 37.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Rotterdam at dusk

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A view of the Leuvehaven, Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 44.7 x 64.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1913

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A view of the Leuvehaven, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Queensday 1908, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1908

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Queensday 1908

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Lunchtime at the harbour of Rotterdam, watercolour on paper, 46.5 x 91.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1903

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Lunchtime at the harbour of Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Moored sailing vessels in the Leuvehaven, Rotterdam, watercolour on paper, 38.5 x 53.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 189(8?)

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Moored sailing vessels in the Leuvehaven, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View at Rotterdam, watercolour on paper, 20.0 x 23.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1903

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View at Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A view of Streefkerk, watercolour on paper, 21.2 x 24.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1904

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A view of Streefkerk

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The Wijnhaven, Rotterdam, in winter, watercolour and gouache on paper, 34.0 x 23.9 cm, signed l.r.

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The Wijnhaven, Rotterdam, in winter

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The Leuvehaven, Rotterdam, watercolour and gouache on paper, 51.0 x 74.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1903

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The Leuvehaven, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | The white boat, watercolour and gouache on paper, 60.0 x 102.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1914

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The white boat

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Moored boats in a canal in a Dutch town, watercolour on paper, 25.5 x 25.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated Sept. '99

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Moored boats in a canal in a Dutch town

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Draw-bridge, Delfshaven, watercolour on paper, 49.7 x 70.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1907

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Draw-bridge, Delfshaven

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Evening twilight, St. Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, watercolour on paper, 37.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated 1906

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Evening twilight, St. Laurenskerk, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A hoist, watercolour on paper, 17.1 x 34.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '97

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A hoist

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Canal in winter, ink and watercolour on paper, 19.6 x 29.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1908

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Canal in winter

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Harbour view in winter, Rotterdam, black chalk and watercolour on painters'  board, 24.5 x 33.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1902

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Harbour view in winter, Rotterdam

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A townscape, watercolour on paper, 35.6 x 36.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1920

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A townscape

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of the Handelskade, watercolour on paper, 28.0 x 24.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1929

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View of the Handelskade

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A view of the Delftse vaart, watercolour on paper, 18.5 x 29.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '40

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A view of the Delftse vaart

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A view of Delfshaven, mixed media on paper, 21.5 x 34.8 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of Delfshaven

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | Inland harbour, watercolour on paper, 17.5 x 25.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Inland harbour

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | A view of Utrecht, watercolour on paper, 13.5 x 22.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 28 May '98

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A view of Utrecht

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek | View of the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, watercolour on paper, 36.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1906

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View of the Laurenskerk, Rotterdam


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