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Hendrik Willem Mesdag

Fishing Boats on the Shore

Artist

Hendrik Willem Mesdag
Groningen 1831 – The Hague 1915

Title

Fishing Boats on the Shore

Date

1876-1880

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

44.5 x 103.8 cm

Credits

Gift of Mrs. M.G. Williams, inv. 1962.1384

Collection

Western Art

Mesdag became internationally known as a marine painter. This painting is one of a few similar works that shows Mesdag’s love for fishing boats, fishermen’s lives and the sea in its various shades of grey. The Mesdag residence in Brussels was a meeting point for Belgian and Dutch artists. The Mesdags collected Barbizon School paintings and other French, Dutch and Belgian works. In 1887, the couple commissioned a house in The Hague with quarters large enough to hold their assorted artwork. The site is now known as the Mesdag Collection.

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