34
34
Willem Koekkoek
DUTCH
A DUTCH STREET
Estimate
60,00080,000
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34
Willem Koekkoek
DUTCH
A DUTCH STREET
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Willem Koekkoek
1839 - 1895
DUTCH
A DUTCH STREET
signed W Koekkoek lower left
oil on canvas
84 by 124cm., 33 by 48¾in.
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Provenance

MacConnal-Mason & Son Ltd, London
Charles and Mary Dungan-Chapman, London, circa 1960
Sale: Sotheby's London, 13 June 2006, lot 340
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

In contrast to his father Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (lot 30) and grandfather Hermanus Koekkoek, respectively successful landscape and marine painters, Willem Koekkoek specialised exclusively in Dutch town views, which he painted with a luminous palette and an a eye for detail.

The present work, impressive in size and exceptionally fine in execution, blends all the qualities - architectural, perspectival, and colouristic - that mark Koekkoek out as one of the leading Dutch painters of townscapes. As a true representative of Dutch Romanticism, Willem Koekkoek was inspired by the picturesque qualities of seventeenth-century Dutch Golden Age painting.

In the centre of the composition, an elegant couple take a stroll. Other men, women and children stand in groups chatting amongst dogs and chickens while laundry hangs out to dry. The bright sunlight bathes the street in light and casts strong shadows, emphasising the architectural features, notably the fine Dutch gable on the left. 

While Koekkoek's romantic temperament drove him to compose vistas according to his fancy, the present work being an excellent example, here the artist appears to have been at least partly inspired by the Dutch town of Brielle. Viewed from along het Heultje, the town's St. Catharijnekerke, which was surmounted by a dome during the 19th century, has a similar appearance to the church tower in the present work.

19th Century European Paintings

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