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Johannes Helder
The door (with self-portrait)
Oil on canvas : 82,6 X 71,1 cm
Signed upper right
Sold at Sotheby’s New York, 21/01/11
For 56.250 $ = 41.659 €

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Helder Johannes
"A trompe l'oeil with two fisherwomen in a window"
In short
 
Helder worked the major part of his life in Leiden.
 
His rare trompe l’oeil scenes, such as this one, are very sought after.
 
He shows here his mastery in painting convincingly such a diverse materials as wood, iron, a piece of rope, a net and human figures.
 
About Johannes Helder
 
Dutch painter
Ten Boer 1824 – 1913 Utrecht
Ten Boer is a village in the N. province of Groningen.
 
Painter of interior and genre scenes and of a few landscapes. His most sought after works are his rare trompe l’oeil scenes.
 
He is said to have been a pupil of Jozef Israëls (1824 – 1911), a popular landscape and genre scene painter from the Hague School. Both Helder and Israëls were born in 1824 and Israëls was born in Groningen-town.
 
Helder married in 1883, at the age of 40. 
Helder worked in The Hague in 1886/1887. His son, Johan Wilhelm, was born there around 1893; he was also a painter.
 
From 1897 onwards Johannes Helder worked in Leiden.
 
About our painting
 
Helder was a rather dull painter who painted a few of these rather surprising and witty trompe l’oeil scenes, which are very sought after today.
 
Why should you buy this painting?
 
Because this conversation piece is an inspiring, energetic painting.
 
Because at last Helder is able to show his mastery in painting convincingly such a diverse materials as wood, iron, a piece of rope, a net and human figures.
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