Laurits Bernhard Holst (1848-1934)

Artist Name Laurits Bernhard Holst (1848-1934)
Title Afterglow and Moonrise on the Nile
Description This stunning Orientalist marine oil painting is by noted marine artist Laurits Bernhard Holst. Originally from Denmark, Holst spent time in the States and settled in England in 1878 and exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy between 1878 and 1902.  Painted in 1917, the composition is boats with figures on the river Nile with the moon rising over the landscape and temples on the far side of the river. The use of white for the men's clothing, the sails and the moon is beautifully balanced and the reflections on the water are stunning. A really atmospheric marine oil painting by a much respected artist and an excellent example of Holst's work. 

Signed and dated 1917 lower left. 
Provenance Bonhams, London, 17th June 2014, lot 382.
Inscribed on frame verso.  
Savage and Son label verso. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 23 x 16 inches
Frame Housed in an ornate gilt frame, 30 inches by 23 inches framed and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Laurits Bernhard Holst (1848 - 1934) was a 19th century marine artist, born in Norway but spent time in the States and latterly lived in England. His father was an artist and Holst learnt to draw and paint as a child. He was active in Chicago 1869-70 and was admitted as a member of the Chicago Academy.  The local press called him An Eastern artist of much talent who arrived with the highest recommendations from prominent citizens of Chicago. He returned to Denmark in the early 1870's and moved to England in 1878 where he initially lived in Scarborough. Holst later had studios in Chelsea and South Kensington but eventually settled on the south coast in Bournemouth in 1896 until his death there in 1934. During this time he still visited Denmark regularly and also exhibited there, mainly in Charlottenburg until 1891. Holst had an excellent reputation as a marine painter in both the States and the UK and sold paintings to royalty in Denmark and England. He was exceptional at capturing the movement and light of the sea and its many moods. He also exhibited works at the Royal Academy eleven times between 1878 and 1902 . 
Price £3400
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