Petrus van der Velden

Netherlands / Aotearoa New Zealand / Australia, b.1837, d.1913

Marken Funeral Barge

  • Presented by the family of James Jamieson 1932
  • Oil on canvas
  • 970 x 1580 x 120mm
  • 69/124
  • c. 1871-c. 1874
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This is one of the major paintings from van der Velden’s Marken funeral series, which also includes Burial in the winter on the island of Marken [The Dutch Funeral]. Marken Funeral Barge focuses on the final journey of a drowned fisherman, travelling by barge and accompanied by his widow, to the town of Marken, which can be made out in the distance. By the 1870s, van der Velden had established himself as a successful painter and had become a member of the Hague School, a group of leading Dutch artists interested in realism and portraying the daily lives of rural peasants. As was popular with the Hague School painters, van der Velden used subdued tones to show the atmospheric effects of light on the landscape and accentuate the sombre nature of subjects like this funeral.

(New Dawn Fades. November 2018)

earlier labels about this work
  • Quadrant: Four themes of Petrus van der Velden, 20 October 2006 – 25 March 2007

    This is one of the major paintings from the funeral series, and focuses on the journey by barge of the drowned fisherman to the town of Marken, which can be made out in the distance. Van der Velden was a member of the Hague School, a group of leading Dutch artists interested in Realism and portraying the daily lives of rural peasants. As was popular with the Hague School painters, Van der Velden used subdued tones to show the atmospheric effects of light on the landscape and accentuate the sombre nature of the subject.