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Hendrik Willem Mesdag artwork • painting • previously for sale Lifeboat in the surf

Mesdag H.W.  | Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Lifeboat in the surf, oil on canvas 44.4 x 103.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1869

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

Lifeboat in the surf
oil on canvas 44.4 x 103.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1869

This painting was previously for sale.

Literature: Geregistreerd bij de Mesdag Documentatie Stichting, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, Den Haag.
Exhibited: Kampen, Stedelijk Museum Kampen, 'Hendrik Willem Mesdag en James Ensor: strand- en zeegezichten', 19 juni-20 aug. 2004; Vlieland, Museum Tromp's Huys, 'Water Verft. Vijftig jaar Tromp's Huys op Vlieland', 23 april-20 nov. 2010.

H.W. Mesdag was the seascape painter of The Hague School. He chose the painting profession relatively late in life. Having first lived in Oosterbeek and Brussels he settled in The Hague in 1869, where he was instantly captivated by the beach, sea and lives of the fishermen in nearby Scheveningen. Using quick, informal brushstrokes and an infinite variety of browns, golds and greys he applied these motifs to the canvas. Mesdag produced a large body of work, as if wanting to make up for his lost time. His work was very popular in France and won awards at the Paris Salon on more than one occasion.


Hendrik Willem Mesdag | After the storm at Scheveningen, watercolour and gouache on paper, 36.6 x 26.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 30 Mei 97

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

watercolour • drawing • for sale

After the storm at Scheveningen, 1897

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | At anchor in the surf, watercolour and gouache on paper, 44.5 x 55.4 cm, signed l.r.

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

watercolour • drawing • for sale

At anchor in the surf

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | Breakers with ships in the distance, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 88.6 x 69.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1879

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

painting • for sale

Breakers with ships in the distance, 1879

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | Dune landscape with cattle, oil on canvas laid down on board, 30.6 x 38.4 cm

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

painting • for sale

Dune landscape with cattle

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | Fishing vessels at sea, pen and ink on paper, 20.7 x 13.0 cm, signed l.r.

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Fishing vessels at sea

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | Fishing vessels in a harbour, watercolour on paper, 43.2 x 31.8 cm, signed l.l.

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Fishing vessels in a harbour

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | Returning fishing boat, watercolour on paper, 53.0 x 73.5 cm, signed l.r.

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Returning fishing boat

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | Sketch of Scheveningen - Study for Panorama Mesdag (not for sale), oil on canvas laid down on panel, 20.0 x 31.5 cm, painted  ca. 1880

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

painting • for sale

Sketch of Scheveningen - Study for Panorama Mesdag (not for sale), ca. 1880

Hendrik Willem Mesdag | The North Sea with fishing boats in the distance, oil on panel, 69.7 x 109.0 cm, signed l.r.

Hendrik Willem Mesdag

painting • for sale

The North Sea with fishing boats in the distance


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