Landschap met bloeiende bomen
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In 1880 Egbert Schaap began studying at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten (State Academy of Fine Arts) in Amsterdam. He and a few fellow students believed there needed to be space for innovation in art, and it was for this reason that they founded the St Lucas artist society. At the time, French Impressionism was the latest trend. This landscape by Schaap, with blossoming trees by a river, is painted with the loose brushstrokes of Impressionism. This method allows the artist to work quickly, which is essential if the light and atmosphere of a moment are to be captured. Schaap believed that paintings should rise above the mundane. He sought the essence of beauty and aimed to express a higher meaning through his landscapes. He considered himself to be a romantic in essence, and in 1908 he published a booklet in which he set forth his ideas about Romanticism in art. Schaap lived in the Gooi and Vecht region and often painted the landscape there. Green and blossoming trees, water and meadows are among his favourite subjects, and they brought him a great deal of acclaim.
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