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Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig (1866-1915), Zoutelande

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Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig (1866-1915)

Zoutelande

signed 'FHart. Nibbrig' (lower right); signed, dated and annotated 'De Arnemuiders/Zoutelande 1910. FHart. Nibbrig.' (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas, 40x80 cm

Provenance:-In the collection of the family since at least the 1950s.

Please compare to a larger painting by the artist with the same composition sold at: Auction, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 13 December 1999, lot 138. The picturesque village of Zoutelande, nestled behind a towering dune row that separates it from the sea, serves as the tranquil subject of Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig’s painting on a sunny, serene day. Rather than capturing a singular moment, Hart Nibbrig aimed to encapsulate the entirety of a day in this work. Dating back to 1910, this piece stands as a testament to his early exploration of this subject, his ‘Zoutelande’ period. Before delving into vibrant Dutch landscapes and capturing the brilliance of sunbeams cascading over the dunes, Hart Nibbrig’s artistic journey underwent a transformation. Following his studies at the prestigious Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, where he was influenced by the earthy tones of the Dutch Impressionists, he initially embraced a darker, denser style often described as ‘muddy’. This phase was characterized by the application of rich, layered tones that lent his work a dense and mud-like appearance. However, by the mid-1890’s, Hart Nibbrig shifted towards a brighter palette. This transition may have been influenced by his earlier trip to Paris, where he encountered the boldly coloured works of the French Impressionists, or his immersion in the colourful bulb fields of Bennekom. Regardless of the catalyst, Hart Nibbrig began infusing his compositions with lighter tones and employing more fluid brushstrokes. He even adopted a pointillist approach to depict light, with the canvas occasionally peeking through to interplay with other hues. This newfound combination of pointillist accents and bold brushstrokes resulted in the highly recognizable and distinctive style of Hart Nibbrig. In ‘Zoutelande’, we observe the delicate interplay of pointillist accents in the sunlit areas, contrasted by fuller paint layers in the shadows, creating a sense of depth and luminosity. In the summer of 1910, Hart Nibbrig and his family established a summer residence in Zoutelande, where he found endless inspiration in the dunes. Subsequently, his oeuvre became dominated by dunescapes, portraying clear days from elevated perspectives that exude a sense of infinite calmness. As one contemporary aptly described, Hart Nibbrig’s works offer ‘kijkjes op Zoutelande, waar dit vriendelijk zonnig dorpje in kleurenblokjes voor ons ligt neergeteld’.Though Hart Nibbrig’s style defies easy categorization, it undeniably bears his distinctive imprint. His constant and objective approach to nature and his belief that a painting should depict more than just a snapshot distinguished him from his Dutch contemporaries. Despite the relatively minor evolution in his style following the change to a brighter and more colourful palette in 1895, Hart Nibbrig remained to be considered a pivotal Dutch modern painter in the early 20th-centruy. ‘Zoutelande’ serves as a poignant embodiment of Hart Nibbrig’s quest to convey light in all its manifestations, and build an unique, non-subjective image of the landscape.Source:Dominique Coolen en Denise Willemstein, ‘Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig 1886-1915’, exhibition catalogue, Singer Laren 1996.

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Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig (1866-1915)

Zoutelande

signed 'FHart. Nibbrig' (lower right); signed, dated and annotated 'De Arnemuiders/Zoutelande 1910. FHart. Nibbrig.' (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas, 40x80 cm

Provenance:-In the collection of the family since at least the 1950s.

Please compare to a larger painting by the artist with the same composition sold at: Auction, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 13 December 1999, lot 138. The picturesque village of Zoutelande, nestled behind a towering dune row that separates it from the sea, serves as the tranquil subject of Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig’s painting on a sunny, serene day. Rather than capturing a singular moment, Hart Nibbrig aimed to encapsulate the entirety of a day in this work. Dating back to 1910, this piece stands as a testament to his early exploration of this subject, his ‘Zoutelande’ period. Before delving into vibrant Dutch landscapes and capturing the brilliance of sunbeams cascading over the dunes, Hart Nibbrig’s artistic journey underwent a transformation. Following his studies at the prestigious Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, where he was influenced by the earthy tones of the Dutch Impressionists, he initially embraced a darker, denser style often described as ‘muddy’. This phase was characterized by the application of rich, layered tones that lent his work a dense and mud-like appearance. However, by the mid-1890’s, Hart Nibbrig shifted towards a brighter palette. This transition may have been influenced by his earlier trip to Paris, where he encountered the boldly coloured works of the French Impressionists, or his immersion in the colourful bulb fields of Bennekom. Regardless of the catalyst, Hart Nibbrig began infusing his compositions with lighter tones and employing more fluid brushstrokes. He even adopted a pointillist approach to depict light, with the canvas occasionally peeking through to interplay with other hues. This newfound combination of pointillist accents and bold brushstrokes resulted in the highly recognizable and distinctive style of Hart Nibbrig. In ‘Zoutelande’, we observe the delicate interplay of pointillist accents in the sunlit areas, contrasted by fuller paint layers in the shadows, creating a sense of depth and luminosity. In the summer of 1910, Hart Nibbrig and his family established a summer residence in Zoutelande, where he found endless inspiration in the dunes. Subsequently, his oeuvre became dominated by dunescapes, portraying clear days from elevated perspectives that exude a sense of infinite calmness. As one contemporary aptly described, Hart Nibbrig’s works offer ‘kijkjes op Zoutelande, waar dit vriendelijk zonnig dorpje in kleurenblokjes voor ons ligt neergeteld’.Though Hart Nibbrig’s style defies easy categorization, it undeniably bears his distinctive imprint. His constant and objective approach to nature and his belief that a painting should depict more than just a snapshot distinguished him from his Dutch contemporaries. Despite the relatively minor evolution in his style following the change to a brighter and more colourful palette in 1895, Hart Nibbrig remained to be considered a pivotal Dutch modern painter in the early 20th-centruy. ‘Zoutelande’ serves as a poignant embodiment of Hart Nibbrig’s quest to convey light in all its manifestations, and build an unique, non-subjective image of the landscape.Source:Dominique Coolen en Denise Willemstein, ‘Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig 1886-1915’, exhibition catalogue, Singer Laren 1996.

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