120. Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek
Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek
(Rotterdam 1875 – 1945)
Winter Afternoon (Winter Afternoon)
Signed and dated 1906 lower right
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 33.7 x 52.8 cm
Private collection, USA
Will be registered at the Van Mastenbroek Archive.
Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek made fame as a painter of the Rotterdam ports. Van Mastenbroek preferably sketched outside during rain and snow, in order to capture the beauty of the alternating skies and colours, as he wrote in 1945: “I could enjoy the wonderful formation of clouds and the rich colors that arose from the battle between sun and clouds.” The artist's oeuvre documents the great technical progress and the rapidly increasing activity in the Rotterdam ports after 1900. This watercolor is a study for Van Mastenbroek's painting winter afternoon (1906). In the background one can find the so-called building Plan C, as seen from the Oude Haven. Plan C housed multiple companies and was designed in 1880 by architect Constantijn Muysken. Unfortunately the building was lost in the bombing of Rotterdam on 14 May 1940.