Mark Smit Fine Art is situated at the banks of the Overijsselse Vecht-river, in the former town hall of Ommen. Over 150 paintings are on display, in a warm ambiance. We specialize in 19th and 20th century paintings. Our collection of paintings from the period of 1820-1970 is one of the largest and most varied in the Netherlands. The 19th century is well-represented, comprising almost every great name in the Romantic School, the Hague School and the Amsterdam Impressionists. For the 20th century paintings, emphasis lies on the ‘classical moderns’: the Luminists, the artists from the Bergen School and the Groninger Ploeg (The Plough) are well represented.
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Summer field bouquet
Johannes Fanciscus Spohler
The Felix Meritis building at the Keizersgracht, Amsterdam
Composition against gray background
Johannes Hendrik Eversen
Still life with green walnuts in a glass vase
The mills, the river with an impressive cloudy sky: how Dutch do you want it to be! For Willem Roelofs, the Dutch polder landscape, with waving reeds and windmills on the horizon, is his most important subject. Roelofs is regarded as one of the pioneers of the Hague School. Initially, the Amsterdam-born artist works in a classical style, but gradually his style becomes more and more impressionistic. Certainly after his acquaintance with the painters of the Barbizon School.
Willem Roelofs is one of the first Dutch artists to travel to Fontainebleau, where, like his French colleagues, he prefers to paint en plein air. His painterly touch loosens up. Willem Roelofs also pays a lot of attention to the light on his landscapes, especially the interplay between sun and shadow he finds interesting.
Willem Roelofs – he is the teacher of, among others, Hendrik Willem Mesdag – has lived in Brussels for a large part of his life. Yet he continues to paint the Dutch landscape. Not only water-rich polder landscapes, but also the forests of Drenthe and Gelderland. His paintings can be found in foreign museums and in all major Dutch museums, including Kunstmuseum Den Haag and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.