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Andreas Schelfhout

1787 - 1870

Schelfhout originally trained as a gilder and framemaker. From 1811 to 1814 he was apprenticed to a decorative painter. During this period he also began to paint landscapes, which he exhibited from 1815. His finished panoramic landscapes show the influence of such 17th-century Dutch predecessors as Jacob van Ruisdael. However, on a visit to Paris in 1830 he also came into contact with the French Romantic landscape tradition, which prompted a freer style.

Schelfhout became an established figure in The Hague, famous for his depictions of Dutch scenery, particularly winter landscapes. He taught at The Hague Academy, where one of his pupils was Johan Barthold Jongkind.