Koekkoek, Willem 1839-1895 Dutch Town scene with Canal
Koekkoek, Willem 1839-1895 Dutch Town scene with Canal. 25 x 31 ins., (63.5 x 80 cms.), Oil on Canvas, Signed bottom right, unframed. The painting has been in the possession of our private client for some time. Provenance: The painting has been cleaned and restored in parts by Debra Weiss of the Weiss Gallery. When some of the dirt and smoking residues had been removed, a beautiful painting and the artist's signature appeared. How many people have cursed smokers for what they have done to paintings? The signature is contemporary with the painting. The owner showed the painting to Lord Gowrie who advised her to take it to David Mason, who told her that he believed without doubt it was a Koekoek painting and a true signature. Also it was probably an early one. Jerone Kapelle Curator of Fine Arts 1800-1900, Collections and Research of the RKD (The Netherlands Institute for Art History): The full email can be viewed at our office "We are of the opinion that the painting is painted by Willem Koekkoek (1839-1995). The manner of the painting is the way we know Willem Koekkoek paints his paintings. The design and composition and manner of painting are all painted in his manner. Although the city looks like a typical Dutch town, we cannot connect the situation to an existing situation in the Netherlands. Almost every composition of Willem Koekkoek is originated in his fantasy..." U.Geisselbrecht, The Koekkoek Mseum: "This is a beautiful picture you have. It is signed W.Koekkoek ft (fecit - he made it) - no year. Seen from the photos it very likely seems to be a Willem Koekkoek."
Auction Date: July 2020