David Adolphe Constant Artz
18.12.1837 (The Hague, The Netherlands) - 05.11.1890 (The Hague, The Netherlands)
David Adolphe Constant Artz was born in The Hague, the same city where he would die, way too young, at age 53. Throughout his life he was a well known and praised, but especially stable painter. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Amsterdam, where he was taught by, among others, Joseph Israëls.What is striking about Artz’s work is his finishing touch, his eye for detail, an almost naive perfectionism. More than with any other Hague painter, his pieces are carefully composed and soft in color and tone. The clothing of his figures, his interiors and staging are carefully executed. Artz’s main inspiration throughout his career was the everyday life of Scheveningen’s fishing community.
David Artz was very enterprising. He was the first to follow Jozef Israëls into the dunes and onto the beach to begin painting there and he was one of the first Dutch painters at that time who went to Paris, where he lived from 1866-1874. He also made study trips to England, Scotland, Germany and Italy. Eventually, Artz settled back in his hometown of The Hague. Artz meant a lot to his friends and colleagues and was widely known as amiable and good man. In the last year before his untimely death he took up the demanding Vice Presidency of the Jury of the international exhibition in Paris.
R. de Leeuw, J. Sillevis, Ch. Dumas, cat.tent. De Haagse School - Hollandse Meesters van de 19de eeuw, Parijs (Grand Palais), Londen (Royal Academy), Den Haag (Haags Gemeentemuseum) 1983, p. 156-159;
C. Stolwijk, Uit de schilderswereld. Nederlandse kunstschilders in de tweede helft van de negentiende eeuw, Leiden 1998, p. 107;
T. de Liefde-van Brakel, Tussen Katwijk en Parijs. David Adolphe Constant Artz 1837-1890, Katwijk (Katwijks Museum) 2001;
M. Jonkman, E. Geudeker, Mythen van het atelier. Werkplaats en schilderpraktijk van de negentiende-eeuwse Nederlandse kunstenaar, Zwolle 2010, p. 49
De Haagse School - Hollandse Meesters van de 19de eeuw, Parijs (Grand Palais), Londen (Royal Academy), Den Haag (Haags Gemeentemuseum) 1983;
De Haagse School - de collectie van het Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag (Haags Gemeentemuseum) 1988;
Tussen realisme en impressionisme. Aquarellen van meesters van de Haagse School, Eindhoven (Museum Kempenland ) 2000/2001;
Work by David Artz is represented in the collections of diverse Dutch museums, among others the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Hague Gemeentemuseum, The Netherlands.