Henri Goovaerts

Cain's Remorse

Dating presumably 1889
Material / technique
Literature 'Brieven uit Amsterdam', Leeuwarder Courant, September 23, 1889 'De tentoonstelling van kunstwerken van levende meesters te Amsterdam', Dagblad van Zuid-Holland en 's-Gravenhage, September 30, 1889 'De schilderijen-tentoonstelling te Arnhem III', Dagblad van Zuid-Holland en 's-Gravenhage August 1, 1890, p.2 'Veertig jaar Limburgsche Kunst', Het Vaderland, September 13, 1938
Exhibitions Amsterdam 1889 (September), 'Driejaarlijkse tentoonstelling van levende meesters', cat.no. 137 Arnhem 1890 (July 17 - September 15), Musis Sacrum, 'Internationale tentoonstelling van kunstwerken van levende meesters te Arnhem', cat.no. 129 Maastricht 1938 (september), Dominicanenkerk, 'Limburgsche kunsttentoonstelling', cat.no. 11
Provenance P. Dejong, Maastricht, the Netherlands (1938)
Current residence unknown
Remarks In the summer of 1889 Henri Goovaerts completed his education at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. This painting may have been his graduation work. We only know it from the reviews of two exhibitions. A reviewer of the first exhibition (Amsterdam 1889) writes: 'The painting by Mr Henri Goovaerts from Maastricht, Caïn's remorse, has struck me very much, and I have spent a long time there. Cain, the brother killer, has thrown himself down near a rock and covers his face full of despair. The whole nature speaks on this canvas; the proud, gloomy rocks, the dark sky, all this gives the right impression. [...] Mr. Goovaerts undeniably has talent; this canvas at least gives, according to me, the decisive proof of it.’
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