Featured Artist in Collection

Charles Henri Joseph Leickert (1816-1907)

Dutch River Landscape with Figures

Charles Henri Joseph Leickert was born on September 22, 1816, in Brussels. Leickert began his artistic training at the age of eleven. In 1827, his father enrolled him in The Hague Drawing Academy, where he studied under Bartholomeus van Hove (1790- 1880), the well-known artist of landscapes and cityscapes. Around 1835 Leickert joined the studio of Wijnand Nuyen (1813-1839), the painter who specialized in landscape paintings. Nuyen’s tutelage is evident in his choice of picturesque townscapes with lively details, such as laundry and pigeons.

Leickert’s next and most influential teacher was Andreas Schelfhout (1787-1870), the renowned artist best known for his winter scenes. It was under Schelfhout that Leickert diligently learned to paint winter scenes, and he rapidly absorbed his master’s working methods. In 1856, Leickert joined the Board of Governors of the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Amsterdam. The years following his arrival in Amsterdam until the 1870s were Leickert’s most successful. During that period, he produced a wider variety of themes that included more beach and dune scenes. His works are collected by a number of world-renowned museums, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.