19th-Century Hague School Moonlit Landscape
An atmospheric 19th-century oil on canvas depicting a moonlit river and a tree-lined riverbank. Its dark, slightly sombre, style is heavily reminiscent of the ‘Hague School’ group of painters that worked between around 1860 and 1890.
This influential collective shared a love for muted tones, subdued landscapes, and warm greys, and aimed to convey an atmosphere rather than simply a good likeness of the scenery before them.
Note the beautiful dapples of paint along the water, which are built up in the bottom left quadrant to give the moon a striking reflection.
The canvas is housed within a handsome coved frame with foliate decoration and signed illegibly in the lower right.
Oil on canvas
|Size including frame||
24” x 21” / 61cm x 53cm
|Year of creation||
Substantial craquelure throughout but the paint layer is stable under varnish. Frame with losses to its outer border including a section missing in the bottom left.