Impressionistic painting with fishing boat on the Baltic Sea beach was executed by German-Russian painter of the Düsseldorf School Eugen Gustav Dücker ( 1841 Arensburg, Livland, Russian Empire, now Estonia - 1916 Duesseldorf, Germany).
Eugen Dücker was a son of the master joiner Eduard Dücker (1813-1886) and his wife Amalie, nee Fischer (1810-1880). His sister and pupil was the painter Marie Dücker. They came from the German-Baltic family Dücker from the Baltic Sea island of Osel. He received his first drawing lessons from the draftsman and lithographer Friedrich Sigismund Stern. From 1858 to 1862 he attended the Academy in St. Petersburg, where he first studied sculpture with David Jensen (1816-1902) and then turned to landscape painting under Ssokrat Maximowitsch Worobjeff (1817-1888). He toured Europe with a six-year travel scholarship. He went to Karlsruhe, where he took classes with Karl Friedrich Lessing, and to Munich.
In 1864 he settled in Dusseldorf, was in 1872 as successor Oswald Achenbach teacher of landscape painting at the Dusseldorf Academy of Arts and remained so for 44 years. On 14 April 1874 he married Regina Schneeloch in Düsseldorf. In 1879/80 he stayed in the Hessian painters´ colony Kleinsassen. 1890 Dücker lived in the house of the widow of the painter Eduard Schoenfeld on the Pempelforter road 60.
Study trips took him to Holland, Belgium, France and Italy. Dücker preferred the North German landscape for his studies, especially the North Sea and Baltic Sea, which he often toured with his friend Carl Irmer and the students of his painting class. Most of his pictures show the sea from the beach, later also the resin and the heath. Due to the large number of following him in his naturalistic approach to art Dücker is considered the founder of the "Dücker Line" in the Düsseldorf landscape painting.
Dücker was a member of the art academies in St. Petersburg, Berlin, Stockholm and the watercolorist associations of St. Petersburg, Vienna and Brussels, also a member of the Association of Dusseldorf artists, the Dusseldorf artist association Malkasten and the Dusseldorf Radierklub.
Literature: artist lexicon by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig, 1999; Dücker, Eugen Gustav. In: Wilhelm Neumann: Lexikon baltischer Künstler. Riga 1908; catalogue of the Memory exhibition for Eugen Dücker. On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his birthday. Kunstverein for the Rhineland and Westphalia, Dusseldorf 1941; Wend von Kalnein (ed.): The Düsseldorfer Malerschule. Publisher Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 1979, catalogue of the same exhibition in Dusseldorf, May 13 to July 8, 1978).
Inscription: artist estate stamp (in German: Nachlassstempel) on the back of the painting,; the label of previous painting‘s owner Hugo Erbstöh in Dursseldorf.
Technique: oil on canvas, laid down on cardboard.
Measurements: unframed w 19 1/3" x h 12 2/3" (50 x 32 cm); framed w 27" x h 33 1/2" (60 x 42 cm)
Condition: in good condition