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Title Dutch Peasants
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Sadée, Philip Lodewijk Jacob Frederik (Dutch painter, 1837-1904)
Date Earliest probably 1857
Date Latest probably 1857
Signed yes
Description A woman is walking away from the sea, looking back as she goes. She wears a dark striped dress, a cloak and a white cap. Her two children are with her; she cradles a baby in her arms and an older boy holding her hand. The sky is clouded over, and the waves are breaking out at sea. The mother's pose implies that either she is awaiting the return of a loved one or, more poignantly, is remembering the father of her children who has been lost at sea. Such images were popular both with artists and with the public, and Sadée painted this scene many times.
Current Accession Number ABDAG003900
Former Accession Number 21.9.68
Inscription front lr 'Ph. Sadee Ft'
Subject everyday life; figure; marine
Measurements 70.7 x 54.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Alexander Webster 1921.
Principal Exhibitions The Hague, 1857.
Publications Roose, M., Dutch Painters of the Nineteenth Century, 4 vols, 1898-1901.
Notes

Sadée was a social realist whose paintings usually depict the working poor. His paintings have much in common with those of the French artist Léon L'Hermitte (1844-1925), although a period in Dusseldorf also affected his painting style.

Sadée was one of the first Dutch artists to paint the fisherfolk of The Netherlands, depicting them as poor but also hard working and - in their struggle to survive - heroic.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville
 

 

 

 

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