Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek

(1807 - 1868)

Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek was born in Middleburg 25th September 1807, the second son of the painter Joahnnes Hermanus Koekkoek (1778-1851) and younger brother to Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (1803-1862). The Koekkoek family spanning four generations were to prove both highly successful and highly influential on the course of Dutch painting throughout the nineteenth century.

Marinus studied under his father, a marine painter, whereas Marinus adopted landscape painting as his favoured subject. As with so many artists of the period Marinus travelled extensively in the Netherlands and beyond in search of subject matter and commissions. In 1836 he was established in Amsterdam the following year however he moved to Kleve where his brother Barend lived with his family, in order to assist him with the engraving of his work. In 1838-39 he lived in Hilversum, the previous home of Barend, and he spent the following year in Amsterdam, returning to Hilversum in 1842 where he was to spend the remainder of his life, barring brief sojourns in Amsterdam.

Marinus exhibited in the Hague Amsterdam and Leeuwarden from 1836-1862, and in 1847 he was awarded a silver medal by the ‘Felix Mentis’ Society in Amsterdam. Almost his entire oeuvre were landscapes, the majority scenes set in the Netherlands, but including views in the more rugged east of the country on the Rhine, interspersed with the occasional coastal scene and town views. His style was very much in the tradition of seventeenth century Netherlandish landscape painting, however, later in his career under the influence of his brother Barend, his landscapes have a significant Romantic quality.

Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek died in Hilversum 28th Janurary 1868.

His works can be found in museums in: Sheffield; Amsterdam; Brussels; Cicinnati; Courtai; Enschede; Otterlo and Rotterdam.