Willy Sluiter artwork • watercolour • drawing • for sale A family on the Scheveningen beach
Amersfoort 1873-1949 Den Haag
A family on the Scheveningen beach
chalk and watercolour on board 47.0 x 37.0 cm, signed l.r.
This work on paper is for sale.
Price: € 10,800
On summer days, Sluiter could be found on the beach and boulevard of the seaside resort of Scheveningen, where he made countless sketches of his own family or friends, strolling walkers and bathers. Not everyone seemed to be in the mood for a dip in the sea. Father also tries to get his daughter into the water, but she is more interested in her book. Mother, in her best beach outfit, doesn't seem to be planning to show up in a bathing suit that day. When Sluiter moves to The Hague with his family in 1916, he establishes his name with the portraits he makes of the well-to-do bourgeoisie. In addition, the leisure activities of the beau monde in The Hague will also become an important subject. In the twenties of the 19th century people became aware that fresh sea air was beneficial for physical and mental health and beach life slowly developed in the Netherlands with everything that went with it: hotels, restaurants, a kurhaus, horse or donkey riding , bathe in the sea and build sandcastles.