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Johannes Tavenraatartist • painterRotterdam 1809-1881

biography of Johannes Tavenraat

Johannes Tavenraat, eccentric painter and romantic 'pur sang', was a descendant of a Rotterdam family of cloth dyers destined for trade. However, he preferred to draw and paint and in 1939, at the age of 30, he eventually opted for a career as a painter. He received lessons from Hendrik Schmidt and around 1840 from Felix Bovie, a student of B.C. Koekkoek, whose notes on the theory and practice of painting took over Tavenraat in 1838 in Kleve. Between 1846 and 1860, the painter lived at the Brakelshof in Materborn, near Kleve. Most likely at that time he also visited the painting school of B.C. Koekkoek. In contrast to his finely brushed and idealized landscapes, Tavenraat painted intriguing landscape impressions and natural scenes in smooth brushstrokes, of which a glowing colorite and a dramatic light-dark contrast are the most defining characteristics. In his own words, the painter mainly wanted to depict special moments in nature, and he did this in a very individual way. This subjectivity was viewed negatively by the Dutch critics. But the painter was financially independent, did not have to adapt to the taste of the buyer public, and kept to his own style. Tavenraat made many trips, including along the Rhine and Meuse and to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where he made numerous oil sketches on small panels.


previously for salepaintings by Tavenraat J.


Johannes Tavenraat | A hilly landscape with a tree, oil on panel, 10.8 x 17.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1848

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

A hilly landscape with a tree

Johannes Tavenraat | A landscape with a procession under an oak tree, oil on paper laid down on panel, 24.0 x 34.0 cm

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

A landscape with a procession under an oak tree

Johannes Tavenraat | A panoramic landschape with a shepherd and cattle, oil on panel, 22.0 x 29.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1849

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

A panoramic landschape with a shepherd and cattle

Johannes Tavenraat | A river landscape, oil on panel, 11.5 x 19.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1848

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

A river landscape

Johannes Tavenraat | Evening twilight, oil on panel, 6.0 x 20.0 cm

Johannes Tavenraat

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Evening twilight

Johannes Tavenraat | Hilly landscape with tree, oil on panel, 10.9 x 17.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1848

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

Hilly landscape with tree

Johannes Tavenraat | Horse-sledge on the ice, oil on canvas, 31.3 x 46.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1859

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

Horse-sledge on the ice

Johannes Tavenraat | Horse-sledge on the ice, oil on panel, 20.6 x 29.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1851

Johannes Tavenraat

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Horse-sledge on the ice

Johannes Tavenraat | Hunting party in a hilly landscape, oil on canvas, 42.5 x 57.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1845

Johannes Tavenraat

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Hunting party in a hilly landscape

Johannes Tavenraat | Hunting party in a landscape, oil on panel, 10.3 x 15.0 cm, signed l.l. (vague)

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

Hunting party in a landscape

Johannes Tavenraat | Preparing the catch, oil on panel, 8.0 x 11.4 cm, signed l.l.

Johannes Tavenraat

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Preparing the catch

Johannes Tavenraat | Skaters on the ice, oil on panel, 17.0 x 28.0 cm

Johannes Tavenraat

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Skaters on the ice

Johannes Tavenraat | The hunting party, oil on panel, 14.1 x 24.6 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1850

Johannes Tavenraat

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The hunting party

Johannes Tavenraat | Winter landscape, oil on panel, 20.2 x 34.8 cm, signed l.l.

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • previously for sale

Winter landscape


for salepaintings by Tavenraat J.


Johannes Tavenraat | Skaters and a horse sleigh on a frozen forest stream near Kleve, oil on canvas, 76.1 x 94.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1857

Johannes Tavenraat

painting • for sale

Skaters and a horse sleigh on a frozen forest stream near Kleve, 1857


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