04 October 2005

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek (1875-1945) Impressionist, painter and draughtsman

Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam Netherlands

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek (1875-1945), Haven te Rotterdam, 1897,
olieverf op doek, 100 x 140 cm, particuliere collectie

Johan Hendrik van Mastenbroek is famous for his attractive paintings of the harbour of Rotterdam. He followed the development of the harbour closely and it occupies an important place in his oeuvre. Born in 1875 in Rotterdam as the son of a dealer in paint and paintings, Van Mastenbroek became familiar at an early age with art and artists such as the Hague School painters, Jongkind and the French artists Corot and Daubigny. At about seventeen he had already made hundreds of sketches which were later to stand him in good stead when he was working on his paintings. When he was eighteen he was offered a contract for one year by an English art dealer, which led to his paintings being displayed at major international exhibitions in London and New York.
Johann Hendrik van Mastenbroek was born in Rotterdam in December of 1875 to (the wife of?) painter Johannes van Mastenbroek. The younger Mastenbroek remained in the city of his birth until 1911 when he relocated to The Hague. Mastenbroek, essentially a self-taught artist, worked in both oil and watercolour and often depicted rivers and waterways such as the Maas and the Thames, cityscapes, and port scenes.

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