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Beach with shellfish gatherers

Johannes Hendrik Weissenbruch (in 1891)

Around 1887, a noticeable change took place to the work of Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch; his use of colour became lighter and he sought for new, clear harmonies of tone in his paintings. His ‘Beachscape’, now in the collection of the Municipal Museum in the Hague, announced this innovation. The development continued with this ‘Beachscape with shellfishers’ from 1891. Weissenbruch was able like no other to catch the atmosphere on the Scheveningen beach: the high cloudy skies, the light that plays over the water and the melancholic silhouettes of shellfish carts in the the surf. These moments of peace and quiet were less sought after by other painters of the Hague School. Mesdag enjoyed painting the activity around the boats on the beach, Blommers and Sadee chose the fish auction, which then took place among the ships, as their subject, and Josef Israëls enjoyed his greatest success with fishing girls from Scheveningen, deep in thought on the tops of the dunes. The beachscapes by Weissenbruch from the last years of his life were to become the highlights of his career as painter.


Title Beach with shellfish gatherers
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 13
Dimensions (general) Width : 83 cm
Height : 63 cm
Makers Painter: Johannes Hendrik Weissenbruch
Accession number VdV 86
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Age maker About 67 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Exhibitions De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic 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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Johannes Hendrik Weissenbruch

Den Haag 1824 - Den Haag 1903

Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch's father was a collector of works that included those of the painter Andreas Schelfhout. The influence of his work can be seen in the..