"Sunset- Grand Manan Island" Oil on canvas. Signed lower right and signed in pencil on back as well. 24 inches high by 35 1/2 inches wide- sight size. This important painting has been mounted in a magnificent hand carved and gilded frame measuring 31 1/4 inches high by 43 1/4 inches wide. Condition: When found this work retained the original pine stretcher. The canvas was brittle and was torn in the center of the picture. There was a recent patch on the back of the canvas and a loss of surface tension. All-over surface grime was apparent. A photo record of the condition is available to the purchaser. The painting has been professionally conserved and relined using BEVA.
M.F.H. De Haas is considered one of America's most celebrated marine landscape painters of the 19th century. He worked along the coasts of Long Island and coastal New England. A native of Rotterdam he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts before relocating to The Hague where he was a pupil of Louis Meyer. While in The Hague he met US Ambassador August Belmont who encouraged the artist to come to the United States. In 1859 De Haas emigrated to America where he set up a studio on 10th Street in New York City. Drawn to Long Island where the terrain and it's flat expanse reminded him of Holland De Haas explored the North and South shores sketching as he went. He painted scenes as far north as New Foundland and down along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts. De Haas excelled at capturing the light as it played across the water at dawn or sunset as well as the drama of the surf as it drove against the shoreline. One contemporary critic wrote "His pencil is equally facile whether portraying a storm on the coast, moonlight effects at sea, or the brilliancy of the sunset hour." (Artists of the Nineteenth Century, Volume 1. Clara Erskine Clement Waters.)
M.F.H. De Haas was accepted as an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in 1863 and an Academician in 1867. He exhibited at the: National Academy, Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Atheneum, Brooklyn Art Association, Exposition Universelle, Paris 1889, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.