Petrus van Schendel (1806 - 1870): The Apple Seller, c5/30/2021, 10:50:48 AM
Petrus van Schendel (1806 - 1870): The Apple Seller, c. 1855,oil on panel, 64.1 x 49.5 cm (25 1/4 x 19 1/2 in.) Typically painting six to seven major compositions a year, van Schendel often depicted recognizable sites like The Hague's Groenmarkt or Rotterdam's sea fish market. While he lived in Brussels in 1855, the location of this night market is in The Hague, as indicated by the towers of the old town hall on the right of the composition. Like all of van Schendel's masterpieces, the present work should not be viewed quickly, as the intimate scene slowly reveals itself from the dark backgrounds, turning a bustling market into an evocative narrative of Dutch life. Such elaborate compositions were particularly appreciated by collectors throughout Europe and, by the end of the nineteenth century, American connoisseurs. In the wonderful detailed depiction and the strong composition, focussing on the interplay between the apple seller and her customers, the present painting stands out as a masterpiece in the oeuvre of the artist.