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Mauritz F.H. de Hass
The Coast of Maine
Oil on canvas
22 x 37 in.

Mauritz F.H. de Hass

(American, 1832-1895)

De Haas was born in 1832 in Rotterdam, Holland and served as an artist to the Dutch Navy before coming to America in 1859 and settling in New York City bound to become a recognized painter of the sea. He studied painting at The Hague in Rotterdam during his twenties and was a proficient painter when he came to the United States. He painted a number of naval scenes for Admiral Farragut during the Civil War and became a member of the National Academy of Design in New York City, where he exhibited from 1861-1896 with his brother William.

DeHaas quickly became well known for his moody shoreline and marine canvases and especially liked painting the eastern coast because it reminded him of Holland. He exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum, Maryland Historical Society, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and at the Art Institute of Chicago and is represented in the collections at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven), Smith College, Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), G.W.V. Smith Museum (Springfield, MA), National Academy of Design (NYC), NY Historical Society, L.I. Museum of American Art, T.W. Wood Gallery and Art Center (VT) and more.

DeHaas rendered water and the moods along the New England coast when a storm was approaching with finesse and sensitivity. By the time he died in 1895, he was an accomplished and sought-after marine painter both in Europe and America.

References: Jarzombek, The Nineteenth Century, Rediscovering American Painters (1999); The Darvish Collection (1998); Carr, C.K., Revisiting the White City (1993); Gerdts, W., Art Across America (1990); Fieldings, Mantel, "Dictionary of American Painter…" (1927)