David Adolph Constant Artz - Ducks At The Waterfront

Artist: David Adolph Constant Artz
Title: Ducks at the Waterfront
Year: circa 1870
Edition: Original
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 57.5 cm x 98 cm
Reference: 20387


David Adolph Constant Artz (The Hague, 1837 – The Hague, 1890) was a 19th-century Dutch painter and collector who associated with some members of the Hague School. He is famous for his paintings with ducks and ducklings at the waterfront. From 1855 to 1864 Artz trained with J.H. Egenberger and Louis Royer at the Amsterdam Academie. There he met Jozef Israëls, whose fishing subjects were to be a lasting source of inspiration for Artz. He worked with Israëls in Zandvoort in 1859. Unlike Israëls, however, Artz depicted only the more cheerful sides of the fisherman’s life. From 1855-1864 he was a member of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Technically, he distinguished himself from Israëls in his use of sharp outlines and bright colour. Between 1866 and 1874 Artz stayed in Paris where he set up his own studio at the suggestion of Courbet. Artz’s work can be found in the collections of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Haags Gemeentemuseum and the Katwijks Museum.