Charles Henry Joseph Leickert lived at a time when Northern Europe had an abundance of landscape artists and enthusiasts alike. He focused on depicting romantic scenes of towns and shorelines, set primarily during the winter. Eventually, the artist extended his views beyond the shore and began painting marine scenes. Leickert’s prolific career was developed throughout Northern Europe, mainly in the artistic hubs of The Hague, Amsterdam, Mayence, Brussels and Nieuwer-Amster; cities between which he continuously traveled for over sixty-six years.
The greatest influences upon his works were the genre painters, primarily Andreas Schelfhout as well as Wynand Jan Joseph Nuyen and Bartholomeus Johannes van Hove. It was from Schelfhout that Leickert adopted the majority of his artistic techniques, including the use of powerful skies filled with rolling clouds, sparking light effects and crisp brushstrokes. Leickert is also commonly related to Constable, and is often referred to by art historians as being the Dutch version of this highly acclaimed English landscape artist.
Accepted into the Amsterdam society of “Arti and Amicitiae” in 1848, Leickert combined his formal education with artistic experimentation and collaboration with many of his peers. He created an urban genre scene with the painter Rochussen and, in 1849, painted a winter landscape that was finished by Moerenhout. Throughout his abundant and successful career, Leickert garnered a well-deserved position in the Royal Academy of Amsterdam.