J.H. (JACOB) MARIS
Jacob Maris was one of the defining representatives of the Hague School. His often imaginary cityscapes are built on a centuries-old tradition: the artist was free to manipulate, embellish and adapt reality to serve his purpose. His brushstrokes differed in every way from the glazing technique of the Romantic School. Maris' loose brushwork and distinctive gray-brown palette would become his trademark. This painting is a typical example of Maris' use of color and technique from his later period. The location concerns a view of the N.W. Buitensingel, seen from the N.W. Binnensingel in The Hague. This subject has been painted by him several times. Often in imaginative settings; sometimes upholstered with an angler, a washerwoman with or without a yoke or a farmer busy tarring a rowing boat. The most famous depiction is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It concerns the "cut mill" with a walking peasant near a footbridge; the painting dates from 1872. A very similar composition of the left bank section and footbridge is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (Reich collection; depicted in "Treasures of Painting. 5th series, Amsterdam 1944); this painting takes place on the left bank; the miller can be seen on the circumference of the mill. This painting was created in the 1890s.