(The Hague 1787 – 1870)
Winter landscape with skaters and a koek-en-zopie stand (circa 1825-1828)
Oil on panel, 27.8 x 35.3 cm
– Kunsthandel Pieter A. Scheen, The Hague (nineteen forties/fifties)
– Private collection, The Netherlands
The Hague artist Andreas Schelfhout was one of the most important and succesful landscape painters of the Dutch Romantic School. Particularly his winter landscapes were collected by international royalty, rich private collectors and the nobility. His fame rose quickly over a short period of time: even in far-away Russia he was known as a succesful painter from The Hague. Many Dutch and European museums acquired his paintings and drawings and art critics refered to him as the ‘Claude Lorrain’ of winterscapes. Schelfhout had a great influence on the next generation of landscape painters and taught, amongst others, J.B. Jongkind (1819-1891), J.W. van Borselen (1825-1892), C.H.J. Leickert (1816-1907), L.J. Kleijn (1817-1897), N.J. Roosenboom (1805-1880) en his son-in-law W.J.J. Nuijen (1813-1839).