Gallery George, London
Private Collection, USA
Charles Henri Joseph Leickert was born in Brussels, Kingdom of the Netherlands, in 1816. At the age of eleven he began his artistic training in The Hague Drawing Academy. For a short period he was a student of W.J.J. Nuijen and from 1839 onwards he was a student of renowned landscape artist Andreas Schelfhout. It was under Shelfhout that Leickert diligently learned to paint summer and winter scenes and river views in which he converted different motifs from his sketching books.
In 1848 Leickert moved to Amsterdam to establish himself as an independent painter. The years following his arrival to Amsterdam proved to be most successful for Leickert. After 1859 he painted many beach scenes and town views, utilizing dramatic light and color to create beautiful narrative details. In 1887 Leickert left Amsterdam to end his artistic career, and moved to Mainz in Germany with his wife where he died on December 5, 1907.
Our painting, Fisherfolk on the Beach, is a beautiful example of Leickert’s masterful use of dramatic light. Though the subject is a marine scene, a sensational sky in the composition renders fluffy white clouds with the sunlight peeking through. On the sand below two sail boats seem to bask in the soft, warm rays of the sun. Figures stroll along the beach in pairs or family groups.