Private Collection, Belgium
An artist who worked primarily in Rotterdam and The Hague, George Willem Opdenhoff focused his creativity on landscape and marine subjects. He studied with the renowned landscape painter Andreas Schelfhout, and the influential marine painter Johannes Christiaan Schotel. Opdenhoff traveled extensively, working throughout Europe: in Breda from 1837 to 1837, then in France, and then Rotterdam, before settling near The Hague. He exhibited at The Hague throughout his career, from 1835 until 1861.
Our painting, A Calm Seascape is a wonderfully executed work. Here, Opdenhoff depicts a seascape at sunset where three sailboats are at shore with seamen on board and merchant ships in the background. The sunset gives the painting a calm effect and the thick brushstrokes of the sky give the painting texture. A Calm Seascape shows Opdenhoff’s great sense of color and composition, as well as his attention to detail. The painting is truly transcendent and is indeed a great example of Opdenhoff’s masterful skills.