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"After the end of the French occupation of the Netherlands in 1815, a
new sense of pride emerged in all things Dutch. Charles Leickert
worked during this period and gained great notoriety for his winter
landscape and cityscape paintings.
Leickert was born on September 22, 1816 in Brussels, Kingdom of the
Netherlands, and began his artistic training at the age of
eleven. In 1827, his father enrolled him in The Hague Drawing
Academy. Perhaps Leickert’s most influential teacher was Andreas
Schelfhout (1787-1870), the renowned landscape artist best known for
his winter scenes. It was under Shelfhout that Leickert
diligently learned to paint winter scenes, and rapidly absorbed his
master’s working methods.
In 1848 Leickert moved to Amsterdam where he resided until 1887.
Wanting to establish himself as an independent painter, Leickert knew
that Amsterdam offered more opportunities for artists to exhibit and
sell their work.
The years following his arrival to Amsterdam until the 1870s proved to
be most successful for Leickert. It was during this period, he
produced a wider variety of themes that included more beach and dune
scenes, as well as the ever-popular winter scenes.
In 1887, Leickert decided to end his artistic career, and moved to
Mainz in Germany with his wife where he died on December 5, 1907. "
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