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Set of four Orientalist landscape paintings by van Wijk

$ 43,750
  • Description
    Set of four Orientalist landscape paintings by van Wijk
    Dutch, 1879
    Canvas: Height 35cm, width 65cm
    Largest frame: Height 41cm, width 71cm, depth 4cm
    Smallest frame: Height 39.5cm, width 69.5cm, depth 4cm
    This set of four Orientalist landscape scenes is by the Dutch artist Henri van Wijk (1833-c.1889). Van Wijk is known for his landscape paintings, and often worked in the Orientalist genre - these paintings in the Mayfair Gallery collection are a fine example of his work in this style.
    Each scene is filled with a small, naturalistic group of figures and animals. The figures, who either shepherd their flocks or ride on horses, are dressed in typical Orientalist fashions, with brightly coloured robes and turbans. Their sheep, goats, horses, and cattle are particularly finely depicted, with van Wijk expertly rendering their woollen coats and long tails.
    All of the vignettes are set on grassy plains surrounded by hills or mountains. In some, mosque spires can be seen in the background, reminding the viewer of the Orientalist setting. Of note are the expansive skies, which take up around half of the canvas in all four of the paintings. Three scenes are set against dazzling blue skies whilst the fourth is filled with bright white clouds, providing an interesting contrast. The artist’s decision to devote so much of the picture plane to these vivid skies effectively emphasises the natural landscape.
    Surrounded by wooden frames, each painting is signed ‘van Wyk’ in the lower left. One of the paintings is dated ‘1879’.
    With their evocative atmosphere and bright colours, this set of paintings exemplifies the superb Orientalist works emerging from Europe at the end of the 19th century.
    Artist/Maker: Henri van Wijk
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Netherlands
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Oil on canvas, wood.
    Creation Date: 1879
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Dealer Reference #: 17551
    Incollect Reference #: 724330
  • Dimensions
    W. 27.95 in; H. 16.14 in; D. 1.57 in;
    W. 71 cm; H. 41 cm; D. 4 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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