Friday, June 8, 2012


Much like their seventeenth century counterparts, a group of painters known as the Hague School in the 1870s came to embrace as their subject matter the native Dutch landscape and the everyday lives of its rural inhabitants, most notably the fisher folk of the coastal villages. Within ten years the Hague School artists’ works would prove so popular that incredibly a mania for all things Dutch would be felt throughout the world, and would dominate the art in Holland until well after the turn of the century. By embracing simple themes remarkable for their ordinariness, the Hague School succeeded in striking a chord with a public whose own placidity was constantly being rattled by the evolving modernity of the times. Conveyed through the employment of subtle tones, hazy skies and subjects of happenstance their mix of nostalgia and realism enchanted viewers. The Hague became the center of the movement because it was semi-rural surrounded by meadows, polders, waterways, dunes and woods, and nearby Scheveningen provided a wealth of material for artists seeking to paint the shore and its fishing community.
Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer spent the greater part of his life living and working in Paris. He specialized in painting landscapes, later turning to genre paintings in an 18th century French setting. He achieved particular success with his depictions of elegant ladies. His contemporaries idealized the 18th century as a period of luxury, refinement and courteous behavior. ( A student of Jean Leon Gerôme, Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer (born 1839 - died 1902) divided his time between Paris and the place of his birth, La Haye. His early works were often small, highly finished canvases of late 18th-and early 19th-century anecdotal history subjects.

The lady in red

'Junge Dame am Kamin'
Source Hampel Auctions

Beach at Scheveningen Holland

Elegant ladies at the Scheveningen beach

The Beach At Scheveningen Holland

An Afternoon of Fishing
Images from

A Winter Escapade

Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1870 onwards; he was awarded a medal in 1874 and a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889. He was made Chevalier of the 'Légion d'Honneur' that same year. He achieved great success with his small, highly polished pictures of subjects under the Directoire and the First Empire. He sought to please the public at large and his marvelous paintings were much sought after by his American clientele. Towards the end of his life his style became freer and he demonstrated a speed of execution that allies him with the Impressionists. ( Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer Biography: 1839 Born 1865 Moved to Paris and studied with Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904) 1874 Obtained a medal from the Paris Salon 1899 Silver medal at the Universal Exposition 1899 Received the most prestigious Legion of Honor 1902 Died Selected Exhibitions: 1893 Arnheim 1870 Paris Salon 1864 Rotterdam 1861 - 1863 The Hague.

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