Private collection, The Netherlands
Adrianus Eversen was born in Amsterdam in 1818. He studied under Cornelis de Kruyff and became one of Holland’s most accomplished painters of the nineteenth century. He was highly regarded during his lifetime and was a member of the elite association of artists known as the Arte and Amicitiae. His works were highly sought after in Belgium. Great Britain, as well as Holland, and his patrons included the English collector John Sheepshanks, whose collection was left to the Victoria and Albert Museum. He exhibited in Amsterdam between 1840 and 1885 and in The Hague and Leeuwarden before moving to Rotterdam in 1889.
Eversen’s charming genre scenes are reminiscent of earlier seventeenth and eighteenth century Dutch masters like Jan van der Heyden and Isaac Ouwater.
This town view by Eversen is a wonderfully executed work. A small Dutch city square bustles with life as people go about their daily routines. A man laboriously pushes a wheelbarrow, his wife walking by his side. A woman holds the hand of her small child as a dog gambols by their side. In the background, a horse hooked up to a cart is allowed to rest for a moment, and bends down to a pail of food. The details in the surrounding bricked buildings are depicted in painstaking detail. This is a painting of marvelous clarity and craftsmanship.