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 Johann Hendrik Weissenbruch  (1824 - 1903)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands/Holland      Known for: Hague School plein-air landscape and genre painting

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Biography from Daphne Alazraki Fine Art:
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Hendrik Johannes (later Jan Hendrik) Weissenbruch was born in The Hague. At sixteen he took drawing-lessons and later followed evening classes at the Hague Academy. His father was an amateur painter and collected work by artists such as Andreas Schelfhout. Schelfhout's influence can be seen in Weissenbruch's early, vast landscapes, painted in precise detail.

Weissenbruch's magnificent, cloudy skies show his admiration for the seventeenth-century artist Jacob van Ruisdael, whose work he saw at an early age in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

An impressive portrayal of sky and light was one of Weissenbruch's strongest points. He painted in the open air and let himself be guided as far as possible by nature itself ‘What I really want is to get nature itself on the canvas,' Weissenbruch once said. 'Sometimes nature can make a real impact. If I can get that same impact later, I can draw and paint what I have seen. I make a sketch with a few charcoal scribbles. At home I conjure it up in paints.'

Biography from Cotai Fine Art:
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Jan (Johannes) Hendrik Weissenbruch Dutch, born in the Hague, 19 June 1824, died in The Hague, 24 March 1903.  Painter, cousin of Jan Weissenbruch.  He referred to himself and signed his work as Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch.

From 1840 he attended drawing lessons with the Norwegian painter Johannes Low, and from 1846 he was taught by Bartholomeus J. van Hove at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague. 

His early paintings clearly show the influence of van Hove and Andreas Schelfhout, although it is uncertain whether he was actually taught by the latter.  His father, an avid collector, owned works by both artists.

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Weissenbruch, Jan Hendrik o Hague, The, II, 3: Art life and organization, 1800 and after.


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