Oil on canvas: 46 x 70 cm;
signed ‘Louis Apol’ (lower left)
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Apol was the specialist of winter scenes of the ‘Haagse School’. Nothing thrilled Louis Apol more than snow. The success that he had with his snow- and ice scenes, led to an invitation to join a polar expedition.
Louis Apol belongs to the most important masters of the Hague School and is best known for his winter landscapes and woodland scenes in the snow. In these paintings, people play only a minor role. All attention is on nature itself. The artist found his finest landscapes mainly in and around The Hague and the environs of Arnhem.
In 1880 Apol travelled with an expedition to Spitsbergen on the polar schooner Willem Barentsz. During the trip, he made many drawings and watercolours. The many impressions and sketches of this trip offered him much inspiration for his works for the rest of his life.
Louis Apol was a pupil of, among others, Johannes Franciscus Hoppenbrouwers and Pieter Stortenbeker at the Royal Academy of Art (1867-1872). In 1871, he received the Royal Subsidy for Painting and in 1874 a silver medal at an exhibition in Amsterdam.
He worked several years in a region called the “Dutch Barbizon” (Arnhem, Wageningen, Wolfheze) were he met several well-known Dutch painters like Anton Mauve and Theo Goedvriend.
From 1881-1886 he worked in the “Dutch Barbizon” (the Veluwe, Rozendaal), where he returned (1913) when he was 65 years old.
Apol is best known for his winter landscapes. Apol’s work can be found in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.