Hendrik Jan Wolter (1873 – 1952) is regarded as one of the foremost representatives of the French Impressionistic style in Holland. His unusually broad brushstroke and his bright and colourful palette granted him the nickname “Dutch Impressionist”.
After his training in Paris in the last decade of the ninetieth-century, Wolter frequently started to paint “en plein air”, resulting in various cityscapes in The Netherlands and intimate scenes of locals in historic costume visiting the market, peasants and ports filled with the hustle and bustle of fishermen at work. Of all his subjects Wolter favoured the latter.
Pieter Leffelaar had and art gallery in Haarlem from 1938. In 1956 he became director of the Singer Memorial Foundation in Laren, where part of his personal art collection was incorporated into the museum.
– with Kunsthandel Leffelaar, Haarlem after 1938 (label on verso);
– Exhibited at Frans Buffa in 1941;
– sold to a private collection and passed on by descent;
– with Douwes Fine Art Amsterdam 1950s (inv.no. 545);
– sold to a private Dutch collector in the 1950s, thence by descent to the children and grand-children.
Frans Buffa, 1941 (label on verso): art dealer in Amsterdam, Kalverstraat from 1808 to 1951;
– Amsterdam, Arti et Amicitiae, ‘100 jaar Hendrik Jan Wolter’, 9 to 27 May 1973, no. 21, with ill. on p. 15 (incorrect dimensions);
– ‘Op reis met Hendrik Jan Wolter’, Museum Flehite, Amersfoort 2010.