Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek Netherlands

8-17-1778 Veere, NED – 1-9-1851 Amsterdam, NED

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Koekkoek, Johannes Hermanus

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek initially trained under Thomas Gaal, working in a wallpaper factory then the artist took drawing lessons at the academy in Middelburg in the south of the Netherlands. At the beginning of the 1830s he went to Amsterdam with his family. Initially he painted many painstakingly detailed cityscapes with water, but eventually he specialized in full seascapes. He was among the first at the beginning of the nineteenth century who sought re-inspired by the famous marine painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

He himself taught his four sons, who were talented landscape painters, in painting. It is presumed that the artists father was a boatman, what would explain Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek passion for seascapes.

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek was the head of an artistic family. His sons Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, Hermanus Koekkoek (1815–1882) and Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek (1807–1868) were all successful artists; the first two specialized in marine art, and Marinus was primarily a landscape painter. His grandson Johannes Hermanus Barend Koekkoek also became an artist.

Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek was active between 1793 and 1851, and worked in Middelburg, Durgerdam, Amsterdam (1833–1851), and Medemblik (1838) and Katwijk aan Zee.

Movement: Romanticism
Influences: Thomas Gaal
Influenced: Barend Koekkoek, Hermanus Koekkoek, Marinus Koekkoek
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