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A Busy Day in a Wintry Dutch Town

by Leickert Charles

Brussels 1816 – 1907 Mainz

Belgian Painter

Dutch School

Signature: Attributed to Leickert Charles
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: Image size 21,50 x 16 cm

Value: up to 5.000€

Leickert Charles Henri Joseph was born September 22 in 1816 in Brussels, Belgium. He was a Belgian painter of Dutch landscapes, cityscapes, beach landscapes, preferably in the winter. He was also an engraver and lithographer. As a specialist in winter landscapes, he explored the nuances of the evening sky and the rosy-fingered dawn. His paintings are characterized by their bright colours and effects of light.

Charles Leickert first learned painting in The Hague under the supervision of landscape painters Bartholomeus van Hove (1790 – 1880), Wijnand Nuijen (1813 – 1839). In 1839 Nuijen died and Leickert continued studying with his father-in-law Andreas Schelfhout (1787 – 1870). Leickert specialized in winter scenes, sometimes romanticizing the sky in pale blues and bright pinks, but he is equally well known for numerous cityscapes.

From 1848, Leickert was a member of ‘Arti et Amicitae’ group in Amsterdam and in 1856, he became a member of the Royal Academy of Amsterdam. He exhibited regularly in Amsterdam and The Hague between 1841 and 1887 and Leeuwarden between 1855 and 1863.

Occasionally he collaborated with Joseph Moerenhout (1801 – 1874) and Charles Rochussen (1814 – 1894), who painted the figures in his landscapes. Leickert lived in Holland until 1887, when he moved to Mainz and remained there for the rest of his life.

He died on December 5 in 1907 in Mainz, Germany. Today his paintings can be found in private and public collections worldwide, including at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Den Haag, Delft, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Maastricht, Otterlo (The Netherlands), Mainz (Germany) and Kortrijk (Belgium).

 

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