Henri Goovaerts


Dating 1890
Material / technique oil on canvas
Dimensions 148 x 118 cm
Literature De Dordrechtsche Courant, Januari 8, 1895, 'Werk van Henri Goovaerts op Dordrechts Museum' Maas- en Roerbode, November 11, 1950, 'Maastrichts Prix de Rome winnaars: ontnuchterende confrontatie tussen vroeger en thans' Baltussen, Loe M.M., 'Henri Goovaerts. Een schilder die trouw bleef aan zijn kunst en aan Maastricht', in: De Maasgouw, volume 135 (2016), pages 28-31 Van der Pols-Harris, S., Old master paintings: an illustrated summary catalogue, Den Haag , Zwolle 1992, cat.no. 813 Tuijn, Marguerite (ed.), 200 Jaar Prix de Rome, Amsterdam 2008, pages 7, 101
Exhibitions Maastricht 1890 (December 21 - January 18, 1891), Sociëteit Momus, 'Internationale tentoonstelling van schilderijen, aquarellen, teekeningen, etsen enz', cat. no. 137 Maastricht 1950 (November 4 - 26), Bonnefantenmuseum, 'Maastrichtse Prix de Rome winnaars' Amsterdam 1985 (September 9 - October 9), Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, '100 jaar Prix de Rome', cat. no. 25
Provenance 1890 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam 1954 Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
Current residence Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, objectnumber R42, residence Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome
Remarks With this painting, Henri Goovaerts won the Prix de Rome contest in 1890. One year earlier, Goovaerts wanted to participate in the Prix de Rome contest too, but the competition did not take place that year since Goovaerts was the only candidate. In the painting contest of 1890, candidates could choose from different subjects. Goovaerts chose subject number I: Dido. The painting had to represent the following: 'Dido stares towards the evening - at sunset - on the Carthaginian beach of the Mediterranean sea, sunk into thoughts, at the waves, where far away, at the horizon, the ship departs on which Aeneas is.’ (Official description of the assignment in the archives of the Rijksakademie Amsterdam, Rijksarchief voor Noord-Holland (Haarlem), file 215) The archive of Lily Goovaerts contains an official description of subject no. III (Panthea), which also could have been chosen in the contest of 1890. On the back of this description a layout in purple ink is made for the composition of ‘Dido’.
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