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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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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 | Fishmongers waiting on the beach of Katwijk, oil on panel, 16.0 x 21.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '15

Morgenstjerne Munthe

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Fishmongers waiting on the beach of Katwijk, 1915

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 | 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

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

Cor Bouter | Return of the fishermen, oil on canvas, 41.0 x 51.1 cm, signed l.r.

Cor Bouter

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Return of the fishermen

Pieter Cornelis  Dommershuijzen | Fisherfolk drying the nest, oil on panel, 15.0 x 20.2 cm, signed l.l. with initials and dated 1886

Pieter Cornelis Dommershuijzen

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Fisherfolk drying the nest, 1886

Morgenstjerne Munthe | Fishing mussels in the surf, oil on painter's board, 19.9 x 14.9 cm, signed l.l.

Morgenstjerne Munthe

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Fishing mussels in the surf

Petrus Paulus Schiedges | Returned fishing boat at sunset, oil on panel, 18.7 x 27.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '65

Petrus Paulus Schiedges

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Returned fishing boat at sunset, 1865

Morgenstjerne Munthe | Waiting for the catch on the beach in Katwijk, oil on board, 32.4 x 26.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '24

Morgenstjerne Munthe

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Waiting for the catch on the beach in Katwijk, 1924

Nicolaas Martinus Wijdoogen | Fishing village near a beach, oil on canvas, 62.5 x 96.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1871

Nicolaas Martinus Wijdoogen

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Fishing village near a beach, 1871

Véronique Véron | Beach umbrellas, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 65.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '51

Véronique Véron

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Beach umbrellas

Jan H.B. Koekkoek | Fisherman's work on the beach, oil on canvas, 42.0 x 67.5 cm, signed l.r.

Jan H.B. Koekkoek

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Fisherman's work on the beach

François-Alfred Delobbe | Fisher girl, oil on canvas, 248.0 x 191.0 cm, signed l.r.

François-Alfred Delobbe

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Fisher girl

Morgenstjerne Munthe | Fisching barges at anchor on the beach, oil on canvas, 57.0 x 64.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1914

Morgenstjerne Munthe

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Fisching barges at anchor on the beach, 1914

Georg Hambüchen | Lady reading in a beach chair, oil on board, 38.4 x 46.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '36

Georg Hambüchen

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Lady reading in a beach chair, 1936

Johannes Evert Akkeringa | Unloading the fishing boats on Scheveningen beach, oil on panel, 26.6 x 40.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1901

Johannes Evert Akkeringa

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Unloading the fishing boats on Scheveningen beach, 1901

Willy Sluiter | Donkey ride on the beach, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 40.1 x 50.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '48

Willy Sluiter

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Donkey ride on the beach, 1948

Corstiaan Hendrikus de Swart | Land folk on the beach with approaching storm, oil on panel, 45.3 x 59.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1871

Corstiaan Hendrikus de Swart

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Land folk on the beach with approaching storm, 1871

Johan Frederik Cornelis Scherrewitz | Shrimp fisherman, oil on canvas, 60.2 x 85.0 cm, signed l.r.

Johan Frederik Cornelis Scherrewitz

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Shrimp fisherman

German Grobe | Colourful gathering on the beach of Katwijk, oil on panel, 23.9 x 36.0 cm, signed l.r.

German Grobe

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Colourful gathering on the beach of Katwijk

John Franciscus Hoppenbrouwers | Elegant figures, fishermen and fishing boats on the beach at Scheveningen, oil on panel, 22.4 x 29.0 cm, signed l.l.

John Franciscus Hoppenbrouwers

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Elegant figures, fishermen and fishing boats on the beach at Scheveningen

Evert Jan Ligtelijn | A donkey ride on the beach, oil on panel, 23.9 x 40.3 cm, signed l.r.

Evert Jan Ligtelijn

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A donkey ride on the beach


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