This month we have Beach Scene (Scheveningen) by Floris Arntzenius as ‘Masterpiece in the spotlight‘. In this scene Floris Arntzenius captured an impression of the lively crowd on the beach in watercolour and black chalk. The towers in the background belong to the first Scheveningen Pier, which was sometimes called ‘Wilhelmina’s jetty’.
Floris Arntzenius (1864-1925) Beach Scene (Scheveningen)
s.a. (after 1901)
Transparent and opaque watercolour and black chalk on paper Teylers Museum, Haarlem
About the museum
The Mesdag Collection houses the exceptional collection of 19th-century art assembled by the renowned marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten. The collection, which contains a host of masterpieces by the French Barbizon School and the Hague School, has been exhibited in the Mesdags’ delightful private museum since 1887. Adjacent to the museum is the Mesdags’ former home, which can be hired for meetings and events.
Photography: René S. Gerritsen
At home with the Mesdags
In the late 19th century, the Mesdags held many leadership positions in the art world of The Hague. Hendrik Willem and Sientje served on numerous boards, organised parties and receptions and opened the doors of their own studios to the cultural elite. They also exhibited their own art collection in one of the first museums of contemporary art. Many photographs of their lives have been preserved. They include portraits, of course, but also beautiful views of their studios, their private quarters and the many social events that they organised. You can enjoy a semi-permanent presentation in their former residence, with reproductions of these historic photographs showing the many-faceted lives of this artist couple.