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Artist of the moment…..Johannes Bosboom….

Johannes Bosboom was known for painting wonderful interior scenes mainly of churches and other large gathering spaces. Bosboom was born in the Hague in 1817. You may have heard of the Hague as its in the news often as the location of the International Court of Justice.

When he was fourteen he was able to study with a well known landscape artist named Bartholomeuw Van Hove. Van Hove was a painter of landscapes that celebrated the beauty of the outdoors with a few people added to add some sense of scale to his art. Below is a signature example of his style of painting. Van Hove was also in charge of painting scenery for the local theater. Bosboom and Van Hoves son assisted him in these theatrical chores.


Johannes Bosboom also attended the Hague Academy of Art.

Bosboom found his best commercial success with his paintings of the interiors of churches, so that became his favorite subject matter.

The artist lived in the Hague for the majority of his life and passed away there in 1891 at the age of seventy four years old.

The Dutch artists all had their favorite genres of what they enjoyed painting. A Jacob Gallig  painting of fish, a Frans Hals painting of someone enjoying life, and Vincent Van Gogh expressing his feelings of sunsets. Johannes Bosboom was in heavy demand as an artist as his specialty was painting interiors.

Interiors are fun from a design standpoint, as you can play with light sources. If I were to compare the work to someone modern it would be the British painter Alexander Creswell. Creswell paints with watercolor and has ventured into painting marine works. He first gained acclaim for his paintings of various historic landmarks and interiors. Below is a signature example of Creswell’s work. Creswell like Bosboom produced far more works in watercolour than oils.


A clip showing the many interior works of Johannes Bosboom.

Price range information:  Bosboom worked in many mediums. Watercolors range from $2,000 to $10,000. Many works in pencil are less than $2,000 and can reach as high as $13,000. Oils price ranges from $2,000 to $106,000. Works done using ink range from $5,000 to $40,000.

Bosboom was a fantastic painter of interior scenes, the angles of light that come in thru the windows  give  the viewer a dramatic but quiet and peaceful image. If you take a moment to just stare into the shadows, the amount of depth that is generated by both artists is amazing.