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Johannes Tavenraat artwork • painting • previously for sale Horse-sledge on the ice

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

Johannes Tavenraat

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

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: coll. Felix Kersten, Scheveningen; part. bezit Duitsland.
Literature: Pieter A. Scheen, 'Lexicon Nederlandse beeldende kunstenaars 1750-1950', deel M-Z, Den Haag 1970, afb. 106.

Johannes Tavenraat, eccentric painter and romantic pur sang, was predestined for trade, but at the age of 30 he opted for a career as a painter. Between 1846 and 1860 he worked in Kleve, where he most likely visited the painting school of B.C. Koekkoek. An art critic wrote in 1844 in the 'Kunstkronijk': 'When Mr. T. wanted to settle out of his atmosphere of pompous poetry and propose simple truth, we would have won a talented landscape painter'. In contrast to the extremely detailed painting method of B.C. Koekkoek, Tavenraat painted much smoother and looser in tone.

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