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As early as the 17th century, artists from home and abroad traveled to the North Sea coast, where they found inspiration for painting beach scenes. Fishermen as well as strolling civilians became popular subjects. In the 18th century, interest in the beach scene waned, only to flourish again in the 19th century. This was the result of a growing international reappraisal of Golden Age painting, but also of strong feelings of nationalism in the Netherlands. In "contemporary" painting, subjects that were also popular in the 17th century became favorites, such as the beach scene, in which the centuries-long connection of the Dutch people with the sea and fishing was expressed.

The fishing genre
In the foreign romanticism, painters of the beach sometimes made the stage for drama, where shipwrecks took place in a flying storm. In the Netherlands, however, calmer beach scenes predominated, with ships safely on dry land and the everyday hustle and bustle of fishermen. Andreas Schelfhout and his contemporaries were often to be found in Scheveningen. Man is not the main motif in these romantic beach scenes, although he is important as a narrative element. In the second half of the 19th century, fishermen were given a leading role in portraying beach life and the fishing genre was created. Peaceful beach and interior scenes were often painted, but sometimes also charged depictions, full of fishermen's suffering.
The fashionable beach life
And then, at the end of the 19th century, cheerful scenes appear of beach walkers, bathers and sunbathers, and of children playing in the sand. This changing view was caused by the rise of the bathing culture. Following the English example, seaside resorts arose along the North Sea coast in the first decades of the 19th century. In the Netherlands, the fishing villages of Scheveningen (1818) and Zandvoort (1824) were the first. The opening of the Municipal Bathhouse in Scheveningen in 1828 played an important role in the development of bathing life in Holland. Bath carriages appeared and wicker beach chairs for the then still dressed from head to toe. Artists, such as those from the Hague School, regularly traveled to Scheveningen and Katwijk, but also to IJmuiden, Noordwijk and Zandvoort, to capture this lively beach life in a smooth brush. Katwijk was a true artists' colony around 1900, which attracted Dutch, but also many foreign painters. At the turn of the century, further south, Veere and Domburg attracted many luminists, who were fascinated by the bright Zeeland light.

Bomschuit or bath guest
Fishing life remained in vogue with painters at the beginning of the 20th century, but bathers and accompanying entertainment were increasingly a favorite subject. Painters who chose to paint fisherman's life found plenty of inspiration on the beach until the First World War. After that the barges were replaced by keeled sailing loggers, who had to divert to harbors, thus disappearing the picturesque upholstery for fishing scenes from the beach. However, other painters were more attracted to the fashionable bathing life. With them and the later moderns no longer fishermen or ships: in the 20th century the beach became the realm of the sea and sun lovers, expanding to the coasts of southern France, Spain and Italy.

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Jacob Maris | On the beach at Scheveningen, oil on canvas, 104.8 x 77.5 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1878

Jacob Maris

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On the beach at Scheveningen, ca. 1878

Isaac Israels | A gunner on the beach, watercolour on paper, 19.4 x 26.0 cm, signed l.l.

Isaac Israels

watercolour • drawing • for sale

A gunner on the beach

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch | Stranded boats on the beach of Scheveningen at low tide, oil on panel, 15.6 x 31.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1901

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch

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Stranded boats on the beach of Scheveningen at low tide, 1901

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Summer day on a terrace by the sea, pencil, pen and watercolour on paper, 21.1 x 24.1 cm, signed l.l. with monogram and dated '75

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

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Summer day on a terrace by the sea, 1975

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch | Shell fisherman in the surf, oil on canvas, 37.7 x 46.0 cm, signed l.l.

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch

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Shell fisherman in the surf

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch | Sailing ships on the lake, watercolour on paper, 34.8 x 52.4 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Sailing ships on the lake

Erwin Günther | Return of the fishing fleet, oil on canvas, 80.7 x 120.4 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1890-1905

Erwin Günther

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Return of the fishing fleet, ca. 1890-1905

Willem George Frederik Jansen | Shell fishermen in the surf, oil on canvas, 25.2 x 34.7 cm, signed l.r.

Willem George Frederik Jansen

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Shell fishermen in the surf

Frederick Bedrich Serger | Terrace near the sea, oil on board, 39.6 x 44.6 cm, signed l.r.

Frederick Bedrich Serger

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Terrace near the sea

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch | Ship on the beach of Zeeland, oil on canvas, 102.3 x 135.8 cm, signed l.l.

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch

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Ship on the beach of Zeeland

Johan Frederik Cornelis Scherrewitz | Fishing boats on the beach, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r.

Johan Frederik Cornelis Scherrewitz

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Fishing boats on the beach

Willy Sluiter | Awaiting the catch at the beach of Katwijk aan Zee, oil on canvas, 89.0 x 149.5 cm, signed on the stretcher and painted ca. 1898-1909

Willy Sluiter

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Awaiting the catch at the beach of Katwijk aan Zee, ca. 1898-1909

Petrus Paulus Schiedges | The beach of Scheveningen with bathing carriages, fishermen and fishing boats, oil on panel, 23.5 x 34.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated '62

Petrus Paulus Schiedges

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The beach of Scheveningen with bathing carriages, fishermen and fishing boats, 1862

Charles Paul Gruppe | A fishing boat and a shrimp fisherman in the surf, oil on canvas, 76.3 x 101.8 cm, signed l.r.

Charles Paul Gruppe

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A fishing boat and a shrimp fisherman in the surf

Morgenstjerne Munthe | The arrival of the fishing barge, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 40.1 x 51.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated '14

Morgenstjerne Munthe

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The arrival of the fishing barge, 1914

Morgenstjerne Munthe | Sunset on the beach of Katwijk, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 63.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated '19

Morgenstjerne Munthe

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Sunset on the beach of Katwijk, 1919

Willem George Frederik Jansen | A beach scene with fisherman's wife and boats, oil on canvas, 30.1 x 45.5 cm, signed l.r.

Willem George Frederik Jansen

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A beach scene with fisherman's wife and boats

Kees van Waning | Fishing barge moored in the surf, oil on canvas, 25.2 x 31.0 cm, signed l.r.

Kees van Waning

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Fishing barge moored in the surf

Richard Bloos | A sunny day at the beach pool, oil on canvas laid down on painter's board, 32.0 x 42.0 cm

Richard Bloos

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A sunny day at the beach pool

Hans von Bartels | Return of the fishing fleet, Katwijk, gouache on paper laid down on canvas, 60.2 x 54.0 cm, signed l.l.

Hans von Bartels

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Return of the fishing fleet, Katwijk

Bernard Blommers | children on the beach at low tide, oil on canvas, 45.2 x 71.1 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

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children on the beach at low tide

Bernard Blommers | The young navigators, oil on canvas, 67.0 x 103.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1875

Bernard Blommers

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The young navigators, ca. 1875

Johan Antoni de Jonge | Children on the beach of Scheveningen, oil on painter's board, 16.0 x 22.0 cm

Johan Antoni de Jonge

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Children on the beach of Scheveningen

Johan Frederik Cornelis Scherrewitz | Fishing vessels on the beach, oil on canvas, 59.8 x 84.2 cm, signed l.r.

Johan Frederik Cornelis Scherrewitz

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Fishing vessels on the beach

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch | Fishing boats on the beach, watercolour on paper, 32.8 x 49.6 cm, signed l.l.

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Fishing boats on the beach

Jan Rinke | Walking along the Scheveningen beach at sunset, oil on board, 30.1 x 40.2 cm, signed l.l. remains

Jan Rinke

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Walking along the Scheveningen beach at sunset

Charles Leickert | A view along the riverbank, oil on panel, 17.9 x 24.8 cm, signed l.l.

Charles Leickert

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A view along the riverbank

Charles Leickert | Bringing in the catch, oil on panel, 17.5 x 25.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated '50

Charles Leickert

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Bringing in the catch, 1850


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