Dutch Drawbridge by Johannes van de Wetering de Rooij
A flat-bottomed barge sits near the drawbridge of a small village somewhere in The Netherlands. Billowy clouds float overhead against a bright blue sky while Dutch villagers go about their daily lives: an old woman walking with her cane, a man pushing a cart, a man in a rowboat trying to catch a fish. Such is rural life captured by Johannes van de Wetering de Rooij (1877 – 1972), a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. Van de Wetering de Rooij was an active painter in The Hague, Delft, and Enkhuizen but also made study trips to France and Belgium to expand his field of work. He won a prize of a Royal subsidy in 1904 which allowed him to focus on his skills as an artist. Framed in an original period frame, canvas image is 15 1/8 inches tall by 22 7/8 inches wide.