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The painter Gabriël working in a boat

Willem Bastiaan Tholen (in 1882)

Here Tholen has immortalised his teacher Gabriël at work in a boat with a paint box on his lap. He filters the glare of the direct sunlight through a parasol. Thanks to the invention of the paint tube around 1850, artists were able to carry paint with them without it drying out. This enabled them to work in the open air.


Title The painter Gabriël working in a boat
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 14
Dimensions (general) Height : 29,5 cm
Width : 50 cm
Makers Painter: Willem Bastiaan Tholen
Accession number VdV 78
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Age maker About 22 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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All about the maker

Willem Bastiaan Tholen

Amsterdam 1860 - Den Haag 1931

Willem Bastiaan Tholen studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. Paul Gabriël, one of The Hague School masters, gave him lessons for some time an..