Summertime on Scheveningen Beach signed with monogram (lower right) oil on canvas 41 x 72.5cm (16 1/8 x 28 9/16in).
The present lot is an exciting discovery, painted by one of the most talented artists of The Hague School's second generation. It is closely related to a watercolour of similar dimensions, Zomernamiddag aan het strand, which de Jonge painted in 1903 (sold Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 19 April 2005, lot 221, as A day at Scheveningen Beach, and listed in the catalogue raisonné, no.AS-26.)
Born in Rotterdam, Johan Antonie de Jonge attended the Academie Voor Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague, where he studied alongside Frits Maris, Willem de Zwart and Willem Weissenbruch. In parallel to his artistic studies, he trained as a lawyer, and settled into practice in The Hague, although by 1903 he had abandoned this legal career. Modest about his own talents, de Jonge sold and exhibited very little of his work, focussing instead on philanthropic deeds.
Johan de Jonge drew inspiration from the bustling beach at Scheveningen, close to the artist's home in The Hague, producing many studies in oil and watercolour, of children paddling and swimming, families relaxing, boats and beach carriages, rendered with fluid strokes and encapulating life at leisure at the turn of the last century.
LITERATURE: Sillevis et al, Johan Antoni de Jonge (1864-1927), Hilversum, 2000, passim