|WILLIAM FREDERICK DE HAAS (1830-1880) - A Quiet Cove, 1875|
Signed and dated lower right: William F. de Haas. '75
Signed verso on canvas lower left: William F. de Haas. '75
Born in Rotterdam in 1830, William Frederick de Haas studied art in Holland both in Rotterdam and at The Hague before emigrating to the United States in 1854. After settling in New York, he rented space at the 10th Street Studio Building. An accomplished marine painter, he is best known for his coastal scenes, with many paintings of the dramatic and varied Maine seacoast. His younger brother, Mauritz Frederick de Haas followed a similar artistic path, also becoming a noted marine painter.
A Quiet Cove, 1875, is a stunning example of de Haas’ favorite subject and his best work. This work is also a wonderful example of one of the most highly sought after periods in American art, both then and now. Taking on the tradition of the great Luminist painters of the time, such as Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Trost Richards, de Haas uses the light’s reflection on the glassy surface of the water to infuse the composition with a clear and sharp, yet serene atmosphere. The potential drama with the sailboats beneath the distant storm clouds is belied by this overwhelming sense of calm which, as with the best Luminist works, guides the viewer to more philosophical musings on the transcendance of the natural world.
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions: 21 x 36 inches|
|Primary Classification: Antique Picture Frames and Fine Art for Sale : American Art|
Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Madison, CT: Soundview Press, 1999)
George Groce and David Wallace,The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America: 1564-1860 (1957)
Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, The Artists Bluebook (2005)
William de Haas frequently exhibited at the National Academy of Design (1867-1880) and the Brooklyn Art Association (1867-1880). His work can be viewed in many notable private and public collections.
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