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Johannes Hermanus Koekkoekartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanVeere 1778-1851 Amsterdam

biography of Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

Johannes Hermanus was the first in the Koekkoek family to make painting his profession. He was born in Veere on the Zeeland island of Walcheren in 1778 and went to Middelburg around 1800 to be apprenticed to the wallpaper painter Thomas Gaal. In addition, he attended classes at the Middelburgsche Teeken-Academy in the evenings. During this time he also started painting: ships and sea, with which he followed the prevailing painting tradition in the water-rich Zeeland. His oeuvre includes cityscapes with water and historical scenes, but especially ships on troubled sea, 'choppy waters' as he called them, or anchored in calm. Scenes that he painted with the utmost precision and provided with a lively, narrative upholstery. Johannes Hermanus was famous for his faithful representation of all kinds of ship types. Contemporaries mentioned that he made ship-like models in detail for practice and study. The sea, which for the most part consisted of islands and water, was willing to lend itself to a wide variety of transports, was also an enemy, which could turn into a wild swirling body of water during unfavorable tides and storms. A shipping disaster was always lurking. Johannes Hermanus preferred to paint this dramatically, the ship with sails blown to pieces, slowly sinking into crashing waves and drowning men trying desperately to cling to wreckage. Johannes Hermanus became one of the most famous navy painters of his time and passed his talent on to four of his eight children.


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Koekkoek J.H.


Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Stormy weather off the Zuiderzee, oil on canvas, 48.7 x 71.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Stormy weather off the Zuiderzee

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing ships on rough seas, oil on panel, 35.7 x 48.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Sailing ships on rough seas

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Fishermen with their catch, oil on panel, 36.4 x 30.6 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1834

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Fishermen with their catch, ca. 1834

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Shipwreck off the coast, oil on panel, 34.1 x 47.7 cm, signed l.c. and painted ca. 1810

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Shipwreck off the coast, ca. 1810

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Shipwreck at the South African coast, Tsaarsbank, with the Table Mountain in the distance, oil on panel, 57.4 x 82.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1824 (vague)

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Shipwreck at the South African coast, Tsaarsbank, with the Table Mountain in the distance, 1824

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | A fisherman and woman, chatting, oil on panel, 33.1 x 26.9 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1834

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A fisherman and woman, chatting, 1834


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Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | A rescue of shipwrecked people at open sea, oil on panel, 49.1 x 69.9 cm, signed l.c. on the rowing boat and dated 1820

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

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A rescue of shipwrecked people at open sea

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing ships off the coast of Zeeland, oil on panel, 36.0 x 47.0 cm, signed l.c.

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

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Sailing ships off the coast of Zeeland

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | A rowing boat in a storm near a harbour, oil on panel, 37.3 x 50.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1844

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A rowing boat in a storm near a harbour

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing vessels on an estuary, oil on panel, 28.0 x 39.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Sailing vessels on an estuary

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing vessels off the coast of Zeeland, oil on panel, 43.6 x 59.4 cm, signed l.l.

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

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Sailing vessels off the coast of Zeeland

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing ship off a jetty in stormy weather, oil on canvas, 113.0 x 142.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1827

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

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Sailing ship off a jetty in stormy weather

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing vessels in a stiff breeze, Zeeland, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 73.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1833

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Sailing vessels in a stiff breeze, Zeeland

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Dutch barges caught in a squall, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 63.5 x 85.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1838

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Dutch barges caught in a squall

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | A ferry in a calm, oil on panel, 15.7 x 20.9 cm, signed l.r.

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A ferry in a calm

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Shipwreck, oil on panel, 44.1 x 59.6 cm, signed l.r.

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Shipwreck

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Dutch sailing vessels in stormy weather near the harbour, oil on panel, 44.9 x 62.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1816

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Dutch sailing vessels in stormy weather near the harbour

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Vessels in a calm at sunset, oil on panel, 24.6 x 33.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1851

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Vessels in a calm at sunset

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Shipping in a stiff breeze, oil on panel, 44.8 x 62.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1810

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Shipping in a stiff breeze

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Zeilschip op woelige zee, oil on panel, 30.2 x 41.0 cm, gesigneerd r.o.

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Zeilschip op woelige zee

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing-vessel in distress, oil on panel, 26.0 x 33.3 cm

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Sailing-vessel in distress

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Shipwreck, Zeeland, oil on panel, 41.5 x 56.4 cm, signed l.l.

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Shipwreck, Zeeland

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Shipping in a calm, oil on panel, 25.0 x 33.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Shipping in a calm

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | Sailing boats in choppy waters, oil on panel, 20.9 x 29.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Sailing boats in choppy waters

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | The Steenen Beer in Vlissingen during the 1808 flooding, pen and washed ink on paper, 22.5 x 40.0 cm

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

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The Steenen Beer in Vlissingen during the 1808 flooding

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | The January 14th and 15th floods in Zeeland, 1808, pen and washed ink on paper, 22.5 x 38.3 cm

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

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The January 14th and 15th floods in Zeeland, 1808

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek | The Palingstreet in Vlissingen during the 1808 flood, sepia on paper, 15.5 x 25.5 cm

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The Palingstreet in Vlissingen during the 1808 flood


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