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The etching depicted is a work by Gerard Altmann, probably a view of the Bergse Plas on the north side of Rotterdam (Hillegersberg). The etching is part of the Rijnmond Toen collection, under no. 035-GA.
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Blade: 192 x 148mm Plate; 110 x 090mm
Gerard Altmann (Rotterdam, May 25, 1877 – Rotterdam, August 17, 1940) was a Dutch draughtsman, painter, watercolorist and graphic artist. Altmann was a son of Hendrik Altmann, bookseller and publisher, and Hillegonda Margaretha Maria Meijer. Gerard Altmann received private lessons from Jan de Jong (1864-1901). He was trained from 1901 to 1904 at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam as a student of Ferdinand Oldewelt, Alexander van Maasdijk, Frederik Nachtweh and Jan Striening. Influences of the Hague School can be recognized in him. This may have been Striening's influence. He is therefore counted among the late Hague School, second generation. He often painted polder landscapes with cows and sheep; sometimes also harbor views, portraits, still lifes and interiors. He mainly painted with oil on canvas, but he also made watercolors and etchings. Altmann preferred to look for his subjects in areas rich in water, such as around the Reeuwijkse and Nieuwkoopse lakes, the Kagerplassen (South Holland) and near Kortenhoef (Wijdemeren). Later he worked a lot on Oostvoorne, on the South Holland island of Voorne-Putten. He has also worked in France. His work can be called impressionistic. He was a member of the artists' association Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam.