PAUL GABRIEL | Snow Covered Windmills near Overschie



(Dutch, 1828-1903)
Snow Covered Windmills near Overschie
signed and dated Gabriel f / 1899 lower left
oil on canvas
Canvas: 76 by 102cm

Price Available Upon Request

H.E. ten Cate, Almelo
Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh, Amsterdam, by 1974 (S 9076, as Winterlandschap bij Overschie)
Private collection, The Netherlands (Sale: Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 24 April 2007, lot 253)
Kunsthandel Mark Smit, Ommen
Purchased from the above by the present owner

D. Hannema, Catalogue of the H.E. ten Cate Collection, Rotterdam 1955, cat. no. 71, plate no. 87, illustrated

Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriel was one of the leading painters of the Hague School, his landscapes depicting wide views of Dutch polders, like this particular painting, are the ones he is most famed for.

While Gabriel is sometimes described as the 'colourist of the Hague School' due to his use of warm and vibrant colours in his landscapes, this painting proves he also excelled in working with a more monotone palette of mostly greys and whites. With rough brushstrokes, Gabriel succeeds in creating an incredible sense of space in the landscape and fills the work with a cold and wintry atmosphere, echoing the winter landscapes of Gustave Courbet. His confidence and proficiency as a painter in the last phase of his career are attested by the way Gabriel suggests the crows and distant figure convincingly with just single brushstrokes.

Gabriel made several drawings and paintings with the similar theme and composition in different seasons, showing his fascination for the subject matter. The Boymans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam has a preliminary drawing in black chalk of the landscape, as well as a painting of the exact same composition from 1898, possibly in autumn (nr. 1222 MK). At least two summer landscapes of the same composition exist, of which one resides in a private collection. This outstanding work by Gabriel, painted during the final years of the artist’s life, can be seen as a prime example of late 19th century Dutch landscape painting and is one of the top works from Gabriel’s career.

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