[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]
van der WILLIGE, E. (19th century, second half)
“Zandschuiten” / “Sand Barges”
oil on board / 6 inches by 9 inches
Van der Willige’s painting came to American in the trunk of Dutch immigrant Maurits Braaksma, one of the original colonists of the agricultural settlement at Grou in the late 1880s. Its origins prior to that date are unknown, except that similar work by an artist of the same name appears on some on-line art auction sites. “Zandschuiten” was given by the family to commemorate the Village of Grou centennial.
Flat-bottomed sand barges were used in Dutch flood control projects and were a common sight in the canals and rivers of Friesland.