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 Bernard De Hoog  (1867 - 1943)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands/Belgium/Holland      Known for: Hague School tonalist domestic genre, figure, interior and still life painting

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Although Bernard de Hoog began his life as a merchant, he taught himself to draw, refining his technique through industrious studies of nature and copying from Old Masters such as Pieter de Hooch.   He started earning money through commissions from dealers and made just enough to afford paying his models.  In 1886, during his first showing in Amsterdam, he garnered public admiration for the naturalism and believability of a painting entitled A Sermon in the Dungeon.  He later matured into a dedicated painter of country life and peasant houses.

A master of composition and color, De Hoog is able to suggest various moods and create a multitude of effects through his delicate tones and intimate open images, often showing rustic scenes of mothers performing housework surrounded by their children.  Upon seeing an exhibition of Dutch painters, which likely included the work of de Hoog, the 19th-century critic Richard Muther wrote:

"As soon as the Dutch are seen in any exhibition, its rooms are impregnated with a sense of peaceful clarity and of quiet sureness of effect recalling the Old Masters. These artists handle the scenes of life and the life of nature with a dignified simplicity, the charm of profound intimacy and cordial tenderness.  These painters are united by a tender sentiment of home."

Museum Collections Include:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Layton Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Albany Institute of Art, Albany, NY

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Bernard De Hoog was a genre and portrait painter.  Born in Amsterdam in 1866, De Hoog occupies a distinguished place among the masters of Holland modernism.  As well as having lived and worked in Amsterdam, Laren, Haarlem, Bussum, and The Hague, De Hoog studied under J.F. Hulk and J.C. van Essen at the Quellinus school in Amsterdam.  His paintings, often interiors with figures, were readily exported to the US, Canada, and England.  De Hoog died in The Hague in 1943.

Artists of The Hague School worked in Holland from around 1860 to 1900.  Like the French Barbizon School, these artists turned away from academic themes based on history or mythology.  Instead they made realistic depictions of their immediate surroundings, including rural landscapes, peasant life, beach scenes, and, occasionally, urban streets.  They were sensitive to the effects of light and atmosphere, recalling the great tradition of 17th-century Dutch landscape painting.  Among the leaders of The Hague School were Jozef Israëls, Willem and Jacob Maris, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Paul J.C. Gabriel, Bernard J. Blommers, Hendrik J. Weissenbruch, Johannes Bosboom, Willem Roelofs, Anton Mauve and David A.C. Artz.  De Hoog was especially noted for his scenes with children and country life with peasants.

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