Schaerbeek 1877-1920 The Hague
Watercolor on paper
32 x 25 cm.
Signed and dated: upper right "Albert Roelofs 1914".
Provenance: Collection Spreeuwenberg, Oostvoorne.
Albert Roelofs was born in Brussels as the son of the famous landscape painter Willem Roelofs. He was educated at the Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague and the Académie Julian in Paris. After his time at The Hague academy, Roelofs returned to Brussels for a few years, but from 1897 until his death in 1920 he lived in The Hague. He only left the city for a long stay in Paris from 1911-1912. Roelofs was a member of Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam, the Hollandsche Teekenmaatschappij and Pulchri Studio in The Hague. He gave lessons in painting to the Dutch queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana. Roelofs initially painted landscapes, but soon preferred genres and portraits. His wife Tjieke was his most popular model: he painted multiple paintings and watercolours with one or more figures that show of intimate, domestic bliss.