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Charles Leickert biographyBelgian Romantic painter
born 1818 - died 1907
Charles Henri Joseph Leickert was born in Brussels in 1816. Charles Henri Joseph Leickert was a talented artist and became known for Charles Leickert paintings of town scenes and landscapes. Charles Henri Joseph Leickert studied under and was highy influenced by the great townscape artists of his day, Wijhandus Johannes Josephus Nuyen, Andreas Schelfhout and Johannes van Hove. his use of light and colour in Charles Leickert paintings is particularly striking.
Charles Henri Joseph Leickert specialised in
town views and landscapes. He was
particularly talented in capturing the
effects of light. Charles Leickert art are characterized by their bright colors and
Examples of this are a man with an
ice-sledge and, in his cityscapes and summer
scenes, a woman carrying a basket on her
head.” (Kraaij, pg. 63) Unlike other
contemporary artists, he did not
introduce new elements in Charles Leickert painting that
proclaimed the Industrial Revolution, but
preferred to paint “picturesque cities and
timeless, unspoilt landscapes,” which evoked “a mood of nostalgic Romanticism. “
|In 1887, Leickert decided to end his artistic career, and moved to Mainz in Germany with his wife. While Charles Leickert Dutch artist remained a member of the Arti society, he submitted only one painting entitled Landscape in Taunus in the exhibition of 1893. Among the few Charles Leickert paintings that the painter produced during the last twenty years of his life were Winter Landscape with Frozen Canal and Skaters (1891) and Summer Scene in a Dutch City (1892). Leickert died on December 5, 1907.|
Leickert was a prolific artist producing
approximately seven hundred Charles Leickert paintings, of which the Dutch
artist exhibited about eight-five. Works of Charles Leickert can be seen in a number of museums
including: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Teylers Museum, Haarlem, (the Netherlands);
Landesmuseum, Mainz (Germany); Hermitage
Museum, St. Petersburg (Russia); and Odessa
Museum of Western and Eastern Art, Odessa
Charles Leickert paintings are beloved by connoisseurs and collectors of nineteenth-century painting and grace numerous public and private collections in the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere. This first monograph on Charles Leickert is based on extensive art historical research. The author, Harry Kraaij, places the painter in the context of artistic developments in the Netherlands.
|He reviews his biographical data in chronological order, interspersing these with information concerning the master's training, the influence of his teachers, and the critical reception and marketing of his work. his contacts with other artists, such as Andreas Schelfhout, Wijnand Nuyen and Charles Rochussen, are examined in detail as well. This book, which appears under the auspices of prominent art historians from the Dutch museum world, includes a convenient biography, an ample bibliography, and an index. The more than seventy-five handsome reproductions, most of them in splendid colour, that illustrate this volume provide a representative cross section of Charles Leickert oeuvre, which, in addition to the oil paintings, consists of academic drawings, oil sketches, water colours, prints, and drawings.|
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