Largely a marine painter, Joseph Antonio Hekking was born in the Netherlands in 1830 and was trained in Paris. He was in New York by 1859 and began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design two years later. One of his landscapes appeared in the Pennsylvania Academy's 1861 exhibition. He would participate in several annual shows until 1875. His featured works include Housatonic Scenery and Moonlight in the Adirondacks, 1861, A Summer Afternoonin New England and another landscape in 1862, Storm in the Adirondacks in the following year, and Night on the Ausable, 1875. Having served in the Civil War in a New York regiment, Hekking divided his time between his service and his career as an artist. He exhibited at the Crystal Palace in New York, the Cosmopolitan Art Association, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Chicago Industrial Exposition, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
While living on the East Coast Hekking befriended and often worked with Frederick Rondel, who is known as the only formal instructor of Winslow Homer. His works were also compared to those of Jervis McEntee, whose works were extremely popular during the 1880's. Hekking's paintings were inspired by the Adirondack and White Mountains, Connecticut, New York views, and the Jersey shore. His paintings were actively acquired by important collectors including J.S. Farrand, Sarah Holderby, N.L. Lindsey, T. Foster, and George Watter Vincent Smith.
Mountain Stream in the Adirondacks, c. 1865, oil on prepared millboard, 18 x 22 inches
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