Hermanus Koekkoek Jr. (Dutch, 1836-1909).
View of Dutch A Harbor in Winter.
Oil on canvas.
Measures: 24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm).
Signed lower left: J van Couver. A powerful yet serene Dutch harbour in winter with detailed signs of strife and living with boats and a windmill surrounded by houses on the ocean. The snow is melting in the streets with ruts yet the sun will rise and another day will begin.
Unlined canvas; there appears to be a few areas of light craquelure; minor frame wear; under UV exam, there appears to be no previous restoration.
Framed dimensions 28.5 X 40.5 inches.
Hermanus Koekkoek Jr. also known as J Van Couver and L. van Staaten was born in Amsterdam December 8, 1836, died London, and was buried June 4, 1909 in Den Haag (The Hague). He had lived and worked in Amsterdam, Nieuwer-Amstel 1859-1860, London 1863, then Amsterdam but left in 1869 for London again. He studied with his father Hermanus Koekkoek, and painted mainly seascapes; later, when living in London, he devoted himself to the art trade and when painting mostly used the Alias of J. van Couver.