ALBERTUS VAN BEEST (Dutch, 1820-1860)
    Hauling the Net, 1851
    Oil on canvas
    14 x 24 inches (35.6 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: A. Van Beest . 51.

    Vose Galleries, Boston (labels verso).

    Rotterdam-born marine painter Albertus van Beest grew up on the wharves of Amsterdam. At an early age he was sponsored by Prince Henry of the Netherlands who also appointed him official artist of the Royal Dutch Fleet. On at least one occasion, van Beest accompanied Prince Henry on a voyage to the Far East as his personal artist. Following three years of painting with the Dutch Fleet in the Mediterranean, van Beest spent a year in Iceland, then roamed the coasts of Brazil, Patagonia, and the Falkland Islands before emigrating to New England via California in 1845.

    Painting both in Boston and New York, van Beest was responsible for contributing substantially to the developing American Luminist style. Among his better-known students were William Bradford, with whom he produced several collaborations that bear both their signatures, and Robert Swain Gifford.

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    Relined. Very good condition.

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