Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël
(Amsterdam 1828 – Scheveningen 1903)
Roses in a vase
Oil on canvas, 58.6 x 36.7 cm
– Art Gallery D. Sala & Zonen, The Hague
– Art Gallery E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam (inv. no. 5901)
– Collection H. Nijgh, Rotterdam
– Auction Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, Henricus Nijgh, 8 June 1948, lot 45
– Private collection, the Netherlands
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Negentiende eeuwsche schilderijen en aquarellen uit de verzameling H. Nijgh, 20 December 1941 – 1 February 1942, cat. no. 411, ill. no. 19
The impressionistic flower still lifes by Gabriël have always been loved and in demand. Art critic Anton Cornelis Loffelt, who wrote for the ‘Het Vaderland’ newspaper, was highly impressed by the paintings of Gabriël. According to Loffelt Gabriëls’ still lifes of flowers exceeded in glowing colours alles wat […] dit genre de kunst in ons land oplevert. Loffelt particularly praised the flower still lifes which he characterised as impressionistic. He compared the flower still lifes by Gabriël with those of the French Barbizon painter Narcisse Diaz de la Peña (1808-1876). Both artists contrast their bright flowers with a dark background, which is brilliantly illustrated in this lot. By using bright colours Gabriël distinguished himself from his The Hague contemporaries who used a grayer, more dark palette.
Henricus Nijgh (1873-1948) was a newspaper publisher and the grandson of Henricus Nijgh (1815-1895) who established the ‘de Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant’ in 1844. He was closely connected to the Nederlandsche Dagbladpers and with the establishment of the ANP. In Rotterdam Nijgh was active in both cultural public life and a great art lover. He collected paintings and was the chairman of the local division of the Nederlandsch Kunstverbond.