Duck heaven

Willem Mariscirca 1885


The Hague, Netherlands

Willem Maris was the only Hague School painter who was self-taught. True, he had attended evening classes and his brothers must have taught him a thing or two when they happened to be in the Netherlands, but their influence on his work is relatively limited. Willem Maris painted highly individualistic and distinctive landscapes, usually featuring summer pastures bathed in sunshine and crossed by ditches and canals.

In 1880 Hague journalist Johan Gram wrote, “Willem Maris has reaped praise for one subject in particular, and that is his ducks, which he paints wonderfully well. Sometimes the feathered creatures emerge from some obscure patch of leafy shade; sometimes they frolic and rock among the weed at the edge of a water-filled ditch.”

Source: J.Sillevis, R. Doorn, H. Kraan (eds.), De Haagse School: De collectie van het Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague 1988.


  • Title: Duck heaven
  • Creator: Willem Maris
  • Creator Lifespan: 18 February 1844 - 10 October 1910
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Creator Birth Place: The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Date Created: circa 1885
  • framing: Decorated wood and plaster frame, partially gilded
  • Physical Dimensions: w829 x h617 cm (framed)
  • Alternate Title: Eendenidylle
  • Type: paintings
  • Rights: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, purchased with the support of Vereniging Rembrandt, 1964
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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