This work painted by the Dutch artist Hendrik Willem Mesdag is none other than the Dutch painting largest surviving the country. And it is that its dimensions are really impressive, being a work that measures 120 meters long by 14 high, although it is not laid out flat, but rather has a circular layout, forming a cylinder 40 meters in diameter.
Panorama Mesdag Set
It is what was called panorama or cyclorama, a type of painting that became fashionable in the 19th century and of which, due to its own characteristics, not many have reached Today, although all those that are preserved are certainly spectacular, as can be seen here, or in the Panorama of Raclawice that is exhibited in the Polish city of Wroclaw.
In the case of the Panorama Mesdag it can be seen at The Hague, where it was painted by Mesdag himself in 1880 commissioned by a Belgian company, since it was going to serve as a claim to exploit the Scheveningen promenade, which is located in the port of The Hague. However, that company went bankrupt, and after charging for his work and that of his collaborators, Mesdag bought the work back and it was exhibited in the place where it is seen today.
Montage Panorama Mesdag
LoIt is true that the painting and the way of contemplating it is as if we climbed on an observation tower to see the beach of Scheveningen, the North Sea and the boats. And even in the exhibition montage, real elements such as sand are incorporated, to give more realism to the experience of being integrated into these views of the port and the beach of The Hague, just as they would be in the 19th century. With the same intention of giving the sensation of reality, even the work is illuminated with the natural light that enters through the building's windows, so that the same atmosphere of the exterior is breathed.
H. W. Mesdag (1831 – 1915) was a painter who lived in this same town and who specialized in painting seascapes, that is, views of the sea. However, he had never painted a similar work, and for this he had to count on the collaboration of other painters, who were either students of his workshop or hired for the occasion. And it is even known that his wife participated in this creation.
Mesdag Panorama Detail
And all this was painted in another place other than the current location of the work. And this was done from the sketches he made in the open air in Mesdag, and even resorted to the use of primitive photographs of the time, something that was not common at that time.