Constant David Ludovic Artz was born in Paris on June 3, 1870, the son of David Adolph Constant Artz and Helene Artz-Schemel. His father was a Dutch artist who had moved his family to Paris to set up a studio. The family returned to Holland in 1874 and settled in the Hague. Artz was taught art by his father and at the age of 12 enrolled at the Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. He also received tuition from Hendrik Mesdag (1831-1915) and Willem Maris (1844-1910) who had an influence on his subject matter. In 1899, he became an apprentice in the studio of Tony Offermans (1854-1911).
Like his father Artz was fascinated by nature and after painting a series of landscapes and seascapes began producing scenes featuring ducks and waterfowl usually on or by lakes and rivers. He was an expert at painting the play of light upon water and also preferred to work on a smaller, more intimate scale. He was also an art teacher and one of his pupils was Leendert Scheltema (1876-1966). Artz spent time in Soestdijk until 1926 when he moved to Katwijk at Sea. He returned to Soestdijk in 1931 where he died on February 23, 1951. Examples of his work can be found in private and public collections including the Rijksmuseum.
The paintings are housed in new, English made gilt frames which are in excellent condition.
|Image Size||6.75 inches x 9.25 inches (17cm x 23.5cm)|
|Framed Size||12.25 inches x 14.75 inches (31cm x 37.5cm)|