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Eeckhout Jacobus Josephus

Antwerp 1793 – 1861 Paris

Flemish Painter

Les Bains d’Ostende

Signature: Signed lower right, verso named and placed ‘Les Bains d’Ostend’, dated July 1859 and signed
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: Image size 82 x 114 cm

Eeckhout Jacobus Josephus, or Jacques Joseph Eeckhout was born on either February 6 or 8, 1793, in Antwerp. He was a versatile Flemish artist known for his proficiency in painting, sculpture, pastels, watercolours, and lithography. His birth details remain ambiguous, but he commenced his artistic education at the Academy of Antwerp. In 1821, Eeckhout achieved recognition by winning the first prize for sculpture at the Brussels Salon.

Eeckhout’s artistic prowess earned him memberships in prestigious academies, including Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, and Rotterdam. In 1830, he became a fourth-class member of the Royal Institute of the Netherlands, later becoming a supernumerary associate in 1841. The artist settled in The Hague in 1831, a move prompted by the Belgian Revolution, where he sided with King Willem I.

Appointed as the director of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 1839, Eeckhout continued to contribute to the artistic landscape. His oeuvre often depicted scenes of Scheveningen fishing life, characterized by vibrant colors and lively compositions. Examples of his work can be found in various museums, including the Teylers Museum.

After residing in The Hague until 1843, Eeckhout relocated to Mechelen in 1844 and later to Brussels. In 1859, he settled in Paris on the boulevard des Italiens. A dedicated teacher, Eeckhout instructed numerous students, including his son Victor Eeckhout, who became an Orientalist painter. Notable pupils also included Willem Archibald Bake, Pieter Gerardus Bernhard, and Henri Rochussen.

Eeckhout’s artistic style drew inspiration from 17th-century Dutch painters like Gerrit Dou (1613 – 1675) and Frans van Mieris (1635 – 1681). His compositions were expressive and lively, reflecting the detailed small-scale works admired by 19th-century collectors. Additionally, he published a collection of portraits of contemporary Dutch artists in 1822 and a history of Dutch costumes in 1827, both in Brussels.

The accomplished artist passed away in Paris on December 25, 1861. Among his notable works are “The Death of William the Silent,” “Peter the Great at Zaandam,” and “The Departure of the Recruits of Scheveningen.” Eeckhout’s legacy endures through his contributions to 19th-century art and his influence on succeeding generations of artists.

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