This 19th-century oil painting by Dutch artist Hendrik Pieter Koekkoek (1843-c.1890) depicts a gentle rural view with oak trees and distant church.
Travelling back along a well-trod country lane, a father and son pass under the boughs of twisting oaks. A timber-framed thatched cottage, with an adjoining rustic barn, welcomes them home once more. While the spire of an ancient church prods above the horizon and signifies a distant town.
It’s poignant that Koekkoek should choose this subject as his charming depictions of rural life were influenced by a deep respect for his father. Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek (1807-1868), a well-loved landscape painter, trained the young Hendrik in the way of the old Dutch masters - explaining the need to study from nature and explore various views on sketching trips.
Is this how Hendrik remembered his childhood? Proudly walking alongside his admirable father under the broad skies of rural Amsterdam. The oaks, one towering over the other, seem particularly apt in this context.
Signed lower left and held within a 19th-century Rococo revival frame.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 22” x 15½” / 56cm x 40cm
Year of creation: c. 1880
Condition: Artwork presents well. Canvas relined. Minor craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £11,620.
Hendrik Pieter Koekkoek
Hendrik Pieter Koekkoek trained under Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek (1807-1868). His works are held in numerous public collections including at The Art Institute of Chicago, Kirklees Museums & Galleries, and the National Trust.
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