Johannes Tavenraat artwork • painting • previously for sale Horse-sledge on the ice
Horse-sledge on the ice
oil on panel 20.6 x 29.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1851
This painting was previously for sale.
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.