Delfgaauw, Gerardus Johannes (Gerard) Delfgaauw has lived and worked in Rijswijk since 1914. He mainly formed himself after training at the then drawing academy in The Hague. This was around the turn of the century.
Delfgaauw worked in an impressionistic-naturalistic style. He has painted many landscapes, city and harbor views. These were already in great demand in his time. The cityscapes of Delft and Dordrecht are well known. The painting “the Three Windmills” in Leidschendam, on which Delfgaauw worked at the time of his death, is still unfinished, still family property. The blades of the mills are missing on this canvas.
Gerard Delfgaauw's work is included in the collection of the Rijswijks Museum (Herenstraat 67, 2282 BR Rijswijk). This includes a view of Wateringen. The painting "Scheveningen with the old Pier" is particularly beautiful. This work was part of the collection of former Prime Minister Willem Drees.
Gerard Delfgaauw was the painter of sunlight, i.e. there is always the sun that dispels the shadows. His skies are roughly applied to the canvas in light tones and invite the viewer to enter the landscape.
Scheen 1969-1970 , vol. 1, p. 251 (as: Delfgaauw, Gerardus Johannes ('Gerard');*)
Saur 1992- , vol. 25 (2000), p. 442