Charles Leickert (Dutch, 1816-1907) View on the Ij with Amsterdam in the background
Lot 56W
Charles Leickert
(Dutch, 1816-1907)
View on the Ij with Amsterdam in the background
£180,000 - 220,000
US$ 300,000 - 360,000
Lot Details
Charles Leickert (Dutch, 1816-1907)
View on the Ij with Amsterdam in the background
signed and dated 'Chs. Leickert. f 49' (lower right)
oil on canvas
72 x 105cm (28 3/8 x 41 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sale, Christie's Amsterdam, 6 April 1982, lot 182
    with Kunsthandel Wim de Boer, Alkmaar

    Literature
    W. van der Laan, Charles Leickert, 'Kopieerlust des dagelijkschen levens?', published in Tableau, 1983, pp.390-395
    Willem Laanstra, Charles Leickert: Een meesterlijk adept, published in Kunstwerk, 1995, pp.30-33
    Harry J. Kraaij, Charles Leickert 1816-1907: Painter of the Dutch Landscape, Schiedam, 1996, p.55, cat. no. 32, illustrated in colour
    Willem Laanstra, Andreas Schelfhout 1787-1870, Amsterdam, 1995, p.44, fig.3, illustrated in colour

    A very similar composition entitled Winter op het IJ voor Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), was painted the year after the present lot. Painted from the same viewpoint at slightly different stages of sunset, both compositions depict the same barn, house and figure group to the left hand side. The most notable difference is that the Rijksmuseum work is painted in winter, showing skating figures on the frozen river. These works are a careful and highly detailed study of light and colour, and the atmospheric changes between seasons and times of day, aspects that were of paramount importance to Leickert.

    Charles Leickert, was born in Brussels in 1816 to German parents. The family moved shortly afterwards to The Hague where his father was Chamberlain in the court of King Willem I. Leickert's childhood was not a happy one; his four siblings died before he was eleven and he was orphaned by the age of fourteen. The orphanage that took him in continued to pay the fees for his tuition at The Hague Drawing Academy where his father had enrolled him before his death. Leickert studied here between 1827 and 1834, and was a pupil of Bartholomeus van Hove (1790-1880). Upon leaving the academy, he joined the studio of Wijnand Nuyen (1813-1839) where he continued his study of Dutch cityscape and landscape painting. He made his debut at the General Exhibition of Dutch Living Masters in The Hague in 1839 and soon after became an apprentice to Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870). In 1848, he moved to Amsterdam in order to further establish his reputation; the years that followed were some of the most successful of his career. As well as exhibiting regularly, Leickert joined the Arti et Amicitiae art society and in 1856, he was elected to the board of governors of Amsterdam's Royal Academy of Fine Art. On a trip to Mainz, Germany in 1860, he met his future wife, Apollonia Schneider, marrying her that same year and later moving to Mainz in 1887, where he remained until his death.
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