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    JAN JACOB SPOHLER (Dutch, 1811-1866)
    Winter Landscape with Windmills and Skaters
    Oil on panel
    23 x 33 inches (58.4 x 83.8 cm)
    Signed lower right: Spohler

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, Fort Worth.

    Heritage is pleased to offer in this auction paintings by three relatives in the Dutch Spohler family. Associated with Holland's 19th-century Romantic Movement, Jan Jacob Spohler (1811-66) was born in Nederhorst de Berg and trained at the Amsterdam Academy, where he exhibited often and acquired membership in 1845. His early travels to Haarlem, The Hague, Leiden, and Rotterdam sparked his interest in the bustling activity of villages and the surrounding countryside. Winter Landscape with Windmills and Skaters is a masterful example of his panoramic townscape, where a dramatic cloud-swept sky offsets a tableau of iconic Dutch architecture and workers and recreationalists on an icy thoroughfare.

    Both of Spohler's sons followed in his footsteps, mastering the art of the Dutch provincial landscape. Jacob Jan Coenraad Spohler (1837-1923) most emulated his father's style, specializing in broad vistas with waterways, windmills, and bordering trees. In Townscape with Windmill (Lot ), he demonstrates his facility with the smaller-scale sketch, employing gestural brushwork to capture the human interactions at the foot of the town windmill. Johannes Franciscus Spohler (1853-1894) preferred urban over rural subjects, and his paintings of Amsterdam, such as this lustrous Canal Scene with Skaters (Lot ), highlight the city's people-filled marketplaces, bridges, and canals.




    Condition Report*: Overall faint craquelure and abrasion, commensurate with age; otherwise good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    11th-12th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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