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Willem Roelofsartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanAmsterdam 1822-1897 Berchem (België)

biography of Willem Roelofs

Portrait of artist, painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Willem Roelofs

Portrait of Willem Roelofs

The first twenty-five years of his life, Willem Roelofs lived alternately in Utrecht and The Hague, where he was taught by the animal and landscape painter Hendrikus van de Sande Bakhuyzen. In 1847 he moved to Brussels. The art climate there was more favorable for a starting painter than in the Netherlands. He did, however, remain an active member of Pulchri Studio and kept in touch with art life in The Hague. Roelofs would live in Brussels for 40 years. He was almost immediately successful with his paintings. Through exhibitions he became acquainted with the work of the Barbizon painters. He would adopt the realism with which they captured nature. Presumably he himself traveled in 1851 for the first time, and as one of the first Dutchmen, to the forests of Fontainebleau.

While Roelofs first sought inspiration in the Brussels area, from 1856 he traveled annually to the Netherlands. Just like his colleagues from the Haagse School, he was interested in the landscape that until then was considered too ordinary in our country: the polder land with windmills, marshy pastures with cows under heavy cloudy skies, heaths and rivers. First he went to Drenthe, later he searched for idyllic spots along the Gein, around the Nieuwkoopse Plassen and near Loosdrecht. He focused on capturing the mood and the light of the moment, which constantly changed on cloudy days. He carefully collected his impressions in sketches and oil paint studies on canvas, which he used to elaborate the painting in his studio. It is known that Roelofs made a lot of this. A good outdoor study, as Roelofs called it, had to hold 'the breath of nature' and served as a memory aid in making the painting. Often he also provided these oil paint studies with inscriptions indicating the place or month and sometimes a number that corresponded with other oil paint sketches from the same region. The appreciation of contemporaries for the immediacy of these landscapes is evident from the fact that they were regularly sold as independent works of art.

In the Netherlands, his innovations in the field of landscape art were not fully recognized until the 1970s, and he is called by his contemporaries the 'pioneer of modern Dutch painting'. Museums in Belgium and the Netherlands buy work from him in these years. In 1887 Roelofs finally returned to The Hague.

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Willem Roelofs | Heuvelachtig boslandschap, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 79.1 cm, gesigneerd r.v.h.m. and te dateren ca. 1842

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Heuvelachtig boslandschap

Willem Roelofs | Boerenlandschap, oil on panel, 35.3 x 63.2 cm, gesigneerd r.o. and te dateren 1867

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Boerenlandschap

Willem Roelofs | A Dutch polder landscape, oil on canvas, 44.6 x 69.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A Dutch polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | A canal near Schiedam, oil on panel, 35.3 x 63.2 cm, signed l.r. and painted in 1867

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A canal near Schiedam

Willem Roelofs | A cow, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 26.7 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r.

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A cow

Willem Roelofs | A farmer's wife on a country road, watercolour on paper, 33.1 x 49.4 cm, signed l.l.

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A farmer's wife on a country road

Willem Roelofs | A forest landscape with watering cows, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 43.7 x 28.7 cm, signed l.l.

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A forest landscape with watering cows

Willem Roelofs | A heath landscape, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 24.1 x 41.1 cm, signed l.l.

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A heath landscape

Willem Roelofs | A landscape near Gouda, oil on panel, 29.8 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r.

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A landscape near Gouda

Willem Roelofs | A landscape near Putte, Belgium, oil on canvas, 48.0 x 75.3 cm, signed l.r.

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A landscape near Putte, Belgium

Willem Roelofs | A landscape with a haycart, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 23.0 x 41.2 cm, signed l.l.

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A landscape with a haycart

Willem Roelofs | A landscape with cows grazing, oil on panel, 7.5 x 12.4 cm, signed l.l.

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A landscape with cows grazing

Willem Roelofs | A moored flatboat, watercolour on paper, 16.0 x 23.0 cm, signed l.l.

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A moored flatboat

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape, oil on panel, 28.0 x 50.4 cm, signed l.l.

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A polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape, oil on canvas, 31.0 x 43.5 cm, signed l.l.

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A polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape, oil on panel, 21.0 x 34.0 cm, signed l.l.

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A polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape, oil on canvas, 31.0 x 43.5 cm, signed l.l.

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A polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape with a farmer's wife bleaching clothes, oil on panel, 23.0 x 45.1 cm, signed l.r.

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A polder landscape with a farmer's wife bleaching clothes

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape with windmills, oil on canvas, 46.0 x 73.0 cm

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A polder landscape with windmills

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape with windmills, oil on canvas, 68.5 x 99.5 cm, signed l.l.

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A polder landscape with windmills

Willem Roelofs | A polder landscape with windmills, oil on panel, 28.0 x 59.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted in 1880-1885

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A polder landscape with windmills

Willem Roelofs | A rainbow, oil on canvas, 69.0 x 94.2 cm, signed l.l.

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A rainbow

Willem Roelofs | A river landscape with a rainbow, oil on canvas, 47.4 x 74.0 cm, signed l.l.

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A river landscape with a rainbow

Willem Roelofs | A river landscape with windmill, oil on panel, 23.7 x 28.8 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated 1841

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A river landscape with windmill

Willem Roelofs | A ruin in a wooded landscape, oil on panel, 19.6 x 24.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1940

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A ruin in a wooded landscape

Willem Roelofs | A stream, oil on canvas laid down on painter's board, 23.0 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A stream

Willem Roelofs | A town view, watercolour on paper, 30.4 x 51.1 cm, signed l.l.

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A town view

Willem Roelofs | A vilage canal with a woman doing her laundry (possibly Edam), oil on panel, 31.5 x 24.5 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1861-1867

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A vilage canal with a woman doing her laundry (possibly Edam)

Willem Roelofs | A windmill in a hilly landscape, ink and watercolour on paper, 19.9 x 28.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1847

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A windmill in a hilly landscape

Willem Roelofs | A wooded landscape, oil on panel, 66.8 x 99.8 cm, signed l.r.

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A wooded landscape

Willem Roelofs | A yard with a well, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 42.5 x 66.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1855

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A yard with a well

Willem Roelofs | Activity by a cottage, oil on panel, 20.2 x 33.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1856

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Activity by a cottage

Willem Roelofs | An extensive lake landscape near Noorden, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 28.3 x 45.1 cm, signed l.l.

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An extensive lake landscape near Noorden

Willem Roelofs | Angler in a forest landscape, oil on panel, 25.0 x 35.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '51

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Angler in a forest landscape

Willem Roelofs | Angler on a lake near Noorden, oil on canvas, 68.3 x 100.2 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1880-1888

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Angler on a lake near Noorden

Willem Roelofs | Angler on a lake near Noorden, oil on canvas, 68.3 x 100.2 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1880-1888

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Angler on a lake near Noorden

Willem Roelofs | Anglers in a polder landscape, oil on canvas, 47.5 x 74.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Anglers in a polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | Anglers in a polder landscape, oil on panel, 24.2 x 40.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '56

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Anglers in a polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | Anglers near a river, watercolour on paper, 21.2 x 33.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Anglers near a river

Willem Roelofs | Après-midi, Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 26.7 x 44.6 cm, signed l.l.

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Après-midi, Loosdrecht

Willem Roelofs | Aux environs d'Abcoude, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 26.7 x 43.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1881 on the reverse

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Aux environs d'Abcoude

Willem Roelofs | Cattle in a landscape, oil on panel, 15.0 x 25.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Cattle in a landscape

Willem Roelofs | Cattle in a landscape, oil on panel, 15.0 x 25.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Cattle in a landscape

Willem Roelofs | Cattle in a polder landscape, oil on canvas, 84.0 x 139.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1860

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Cattle in a polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | Chickens on a yard, Putten, watercolour on paper, 29.5 x 45.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1876

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Chickens on a yard, Putten

Willem Roelofs | Cowherd with cows in the woods, oil on panel, 56.1 x 45.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Cowherd with cows in the woods

Willem Roelofs | Cows at the water's edge, Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 27.0 x 44.4 cm, signed l.r.

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Cows at the water's edge, Loosdrecht

Willem Roelofs | Cows grazing near Gouda, oil on panel, 22.5 x 41.2 cm, signed twice

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Cows grazing near Gouda

Willem Roelofs | Cows grazing, the river Lek in the distance, oil on panel, 12.4 x 27.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows grazing, the river Lek in the distance

Willem Roelofs | Cows in a meadow, oil on panel, 17.8 x 32.2 cm

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Cows in a meadow

Willem Roelofs | Cows in a meadow, oil on panel, 11.2 x 20.4 cm, signed l.r. and l.l. and dated 1882

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Cows in a meadow

Willem Roelofs | Cows in a meadow, Voorn Utrecht, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 25.7 x 40.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows in a meadow, Voorn Utrecht

Willem Roelofs | Cows in a polder landscape, watercolour on paper, 36.3 x 49.7 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows in a polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | Cows on the riverbank, oil on canvas, 24.0 x 44.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows on the riverbank

Willem Roelofs | Cows on the riverbank of the river Gein, oil on canvas, 109.4 x 174.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Cows on the riverbank of the river Gein

Willem Roelofs | Cows wading, oil on canvas, 30.0 x 44.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows wading

Willem Roelofs | Cows watering, oil on canvas, 70.0 x 101.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows watering

Willem Roelofs | Drinking cows on the waterside, oil on panel, 17.2 x 27.1 cm, signed l.r.

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Drinking cows on the waterside

Willem Roelofs | Drinking cows, Lanaije, oil on canvas, 43.7 x 28.5 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1884

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Drinking cows, Lanaije

Willem Roelofs | Farmstead in summer, Drenthe, oil on canvas, 45.4 x 71.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Farmstead in summer, Drenthe

Willem Roelofs | Farmyard 'Ruurlo', oil on canvas laid down on panel, 24.3 x 39.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Farmyard 'Ruurlo'

Willem Roelofs | Figures in a hilly landscape, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 79.1 cm, signed c.r. and painted circa 1842

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Figures in a hilly landscape

Willem Roelofs | Houses along a waterway, oil on panel, 33.4 x 48.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Houses along a waterway

Willem Roelofs | Houses along a waterway, oil on panel, 33.4 x 48.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Houses along a waterway

Willem Roelofs | Landscape with sheep near a farm, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 27.7 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Landscape with sheep near a farm

Willem Roelofs | Loosdrecht, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 26.3 x 44.1 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1881

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Loosdrecht

Willem Roelofs | Meadow near Abcoude, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 21.3 x 40.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Meadow near Abcoude

Willem Roelofs | Milking time, oil on canvas, 37.3 x 58.4 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1886

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Milking time

Willem Roelofs | Moored vessels in Leidschendam, oil on panel, 15.3 x 18.6 cm, signed l.l.

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Moored vessels in Leidschendam

Willem Roelofs | Mountainous landscape with cows, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 12.0 x 26.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Mountainous landscape with cows

Willem Roelofs | Near the Abcoude lake, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 29.0 x 44.7 cm, signed l.r.

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Near the Abcoude lake

Willem Roelofs | Near the Abcoude lake, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 29.0 x 44.7 cm, signed l.r.

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Near the Abcoude lake

Willem Roelofs | Polder landscape, oil on panel, 35.5 x 68.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Polder landscape

Willem Roelofs | Polder landscape between Abcoude and Weesp, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 26.9 x 41.8 cm

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Polder landscape between Abcoude and Weesp

Willem Roelofs | Polder landscape with cows, oil on canvas, 49.5 x 80.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Polder landscape with cows

Willem Roelofs | Schoolroom, oil on panel, 24.0 x 30.4 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1839

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Schoolroom, 1839

Willem Roelofs | Smockmills along a canal, oil on panel, 14.5 x 12.9 cm, signed l.l. and dated '56

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Smockmills along a canal

Willem Roelofs | The 't Hoog- en Groenland mill, Baambrugge, oil on canvas, 46.5 x 72.8 cm, signed l.r.

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The 't Hoog- en Groenland mill, Baambrugge

Willem Roelofs | View of the river Gein, oil on canvas, 45.9 x 72.2 cm, signed l.r.

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View of the river Gein

Willem Roelofs | Village along a waterway, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 16.8 x 38.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Village along a waterway

Willem Roelofs | Water mill, oil on panel, 17.7 x 25.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Water mill

Willem Roelofs | Waterlilies, oil on canvas, 41.1 x 58.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlilies

Willem Roelofs | Willows at the waterfront, Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 26.5 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Willows at the waterfront, Loosdrecht

Willem Roelofs | Windmills along a canal, oil on canvas, 68.5 x 99.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Windmills along a canal

Willem Roelofs | Windmills in a polder landscape, oil on panel, 12.0 x 19.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Windmills in a polder landscape


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Willem Roelofs | A summer landscape with windmills and two anglers, oil on panel, 28.7 x 47.6 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1872-1875

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A summer landscape with windmills and two anglers, ca. 1872-1875

Willem Roelofs | Behind the farm, oil on panel, 22.1 x 37.7 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1855-1860

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Behind the farm, ca. 1855-1860

Willem Roelofs | Cows in a water landscape, oil on canvas, 24.2 x 38.9 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1880

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Cows in a water landscape, ca. 1880

Willem Roelofs | Farmstead with shepherdess, cows and sheep, oil on panel, 23.2 x 36.0 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1861-1867

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Farmstead with shepherdess, cows and sheep, ca. 1861-1867

Willem Roelofs | Sketch of poplars, oil on panel, 26.0 x 35.0 cm, 1851-1855

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Sketch of poplars

Willem Roelofs | The dolmen of Tynaarlo, Drenthe, oil on panel, 28.9 x 46.2 cm, signed l.r. with initials and painted ca. 1863-1870

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The dolmen of Tynaarlo, Drenthe, ca. 1863-1870

Willem Roelofs | The river Gein near the Velderslaan, Abcoude, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 30.3 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 'Juillet' 1881 on the reverse

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The river Gein near the Velderslaan, Abcoude, 1881

Willem Roelofs | Two windmills in the Stolwijk polder (near Gouda), oil on panel, 14.8 x 24.0 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1872-1875

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Two windmills in the Stolwijk polder (near Gouda), ca. 1872-1875


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