About the artwork
About the ArtistJacobus Theodorus "Jacob" Abels (1803–1866) was a well known Dutch 'moonlit' painter from the Romantic period. He started as a painter of summer landscapes but after his voyages he focussed on river views in moonlight paintings.
Abels was born in Amsterdam in 1803. He was a pupil of the animal painter Jan van Ravenswaay. In 1826 he had visited Germany, and on his return settled at the Hague. His wife was the daughter of P.G. Os. Between 1849 and 1853 he lived in Haarlem and later he moved to Arnhem.
He was especially noted for his paintings of moonlit landscapes. The Museum at Haarlem has works by him. He died at Abcoude on 11 June 1866.
Abels did not sign all his works but the master's hand is quite recognizable.
Literature: Jef Rademakers-Jacob Abels: schilder van de nacht