Joseph Henri Teixeira de Mattos

Joseph Henri Teixeira de Mattos (Dutch) 1892 – 1971
Horse Guards Parade, watercolor and pastel, signed l/r, 13″ x 8.75″ sight, 18.5″ x 13.5″ matt

Horse Guards Parade, watercolor and pastel, signed.
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Horse Guards Parade, watercolor and pastel, signed, framed.
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Estimate: $650. NFS

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Very good condition. Laid down on board. A fine example of the artist’s late period, c. 1950s. Re-framed with new conservation mat, museum glass, and fine frame. Additional images upon request.

Following his own muse, and avoiding the influence of the twentieth century avant-garde, Joseph Teixeira remains among the most accomplished of draftsmen. Raised in Amsterdam, his early work, including views of Amsterdam, portraits of family members and drawings of animals from the Amsterdam Zoo, reflect his sensitivity.

The artist used a great variety of drawing materials: pencil, pen and ink, pastel, even watercolor. His favored material however, was the black crayon. In this he was influenced by the Hague School, a nineteenth century group of Dutch Realists. With them, Teixeira de Mattos shared a fascination for nature. But in his treatment of light and shadow, he remained faithful to the seventeenth century Dutch masters of painting.

In 1938, Teixeira moved to Paris. The city with its busy streets became important subject matter. When war broke out, he moved to the French countryside. With a deliberate disregard for the momentous events everywhere about him, he drew animals, farms and flowers.

From 1953 onwards he travelled each year to Spain. There he enjoyed the light and climate, drawing cityscapes of favored places: Madrid, Burgos and San Sebastian. He continued his work in Spain and France until his death in 1971. An example of Joseph Teixeira’s work is in the National Gallery, London. The Teylers museum in the Netherlands hold a large collection of his drawings and presented an exhibition of his work in 2004.

Auction prices for this artist range from $25 to $10,625.

Also by the artist:

Self Portrait – Oil on canvas
Credit: International Art Gallery website.
A Haga pottery figure, ca. 1900, Netherlands, designed by Teixeira de Mattos and signed on the base.
Woman breastfeeding a child – Oil on canvas laid down
The Chinese doll, 1917 – oil on canvas
Image Credit – © Simonis & Buunk
St. Michel, Paris – Pastel, pencil, colour crayons and gouache on paper
Self-portrait of the artist, 1939 – Oil on canvas


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