"When you look through the cycle of Sadée's Scheveningen fisher folk, you have at the same time a compete history of the life and being of that community." Max Rooses, "Dutch Painters of the Nineteenth Century", 1900

Philip Lodewijk Jacob Frederik Sadée was a Dutch painter, born on February 7, 1837. He spent his entire life living and painting in The Hague. Sadée is best known for his brightly coloured paintings depicting scenes of everyday life, usually centered around beach and fishing scenes.


Sadée studied at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, under J.E.J. van den Berg and in Düsseldorf for several months with Albert Kindler whose clean, precise way of painting clearly influenced Sadée. He began painting biblical and historical scenes and later images of peasant life, set near beaches and dunes, which showed the fisherman’s way of life.


Although he lived in The Hague for his entire life, Sadée did travel, visiting and painting in Belgium, Germany, Italy and France. From 1853–1903, he exhibited in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague and was elected to the Arte et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. Sadée taught at the Academy in The Hague, a notable student being Hendrikus M. Horrix. Sadée’s work can be found in the collections of Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Arnhem, Kröller-Müller Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag among others.


Philip Sadée died on 14 December 1904.

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