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Cornelis Springerartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanAmsterdam 1817-1891 Hilversum

biography of Cornelis Springer

In 1813, the Netherlands was liberated from the French oppression, after which the country needed identity and patriotic pride. The Golden Age, a period of great economic prosperity and wealth, was taken as an example; Rembrandt was elevated to Holland's most famous painter, Michiel de Ruyter became a national hero. It is therefore not surprising that painters such as Cornelis Springer, from a family of architects, caught the eye of the buildings from that heyday.

Springer was trained as a house and decoration painter and was a student of Jacobus van der Stok, Hendrik Gerrit ten Cate and especially Kasparus Karsen, whose muted copper colorite can be found in Springer's early work (ca. 1835-1845). Like the other city painters, Karsen mainly made fantasy faces, or capriccios sometimes with existing elements. From the mid-1950s Springer began to paint more and more topographically. He found his subjects in his hometown of Amsterdam, but also visited, for example, the towns around the Zuiderzee where the old buildings still showed off in large numbers. It was a huge success. Customers were on the waiting list to buy his paintings and he sometimes sold his important works for thousands of guilders. To illustrate: he sold one of Springer's most expensive works in the 1970s for four thousand guilders, while the annual income of wealthy painters such as Jacob maris and Mesdag was about six thousand in the same period.

A well-known way in which Springer worked is that he first made a large drawing on the spot, with charcoal on well-prepared paper. From these drawings the buyer could then choose a representation that would be executed in the same format in oil paint. A handy way of doing business, because the painter had sold his work before he started. He also had his administration in order. He kept cash books and documented which painting he sold to whom and for how much. He even kept track of how long he spent on his paintings and the days on which he worked on a specific part.

Cornelis Springer was an influential man in Amsterdam's art life. He was secretary, vice-chairman, chairman and even an honorary member of the Amsterdam art society Arti et Amicitiae. As an artist, he managed to establish a reputation as a highly skilled painter. And he was an artist with whom, based on his drawings, you could choose a painting in the confidence that it would not disappoint you.

'Springer's charcoal drawings are a feast for the eyes. With his own certainty, a great architectural knowledge, every line touched and Springer managed to create the illusion of space and depth with so little that the layman cannot explain the miracle.'
From: Johan Gram, 'Cornelis Springer', Elseviers Geïllustreerd Maandschrift, January-July 1899, page 203.


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Springer C.


Cornelis Springer | A town view with the portal of the Kleine Kerk in Edam, oil on panel, 16.2 x 12.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '78

Cornelis Springer

painting • for sale

A town view with the portal of the Kleine Kerk in Edam, 1878

Cornelis Springer | Daily activities in a Dutch town, oil on panel, 49.0 x 39.0 cm, signed l.l., l.r. and on the reverse and dated '58

Cornelis Springer

painting • for sale

Daily activities in a Dutch town, 1858

Cornelis Springer | An elegant company at the gate of Nederhorst castle, oil on panel, 25.6 x 20.1 cm, signed l.l. with monogram and dated '48

Cornelis Springer

painting • for sale

An elegant company at the gate of Nederhorst castle

Cornelis Springer | A town view in Makkum, Friesland, oil on panel, 44.8 x 57.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1871

Cornelis Springer

painting • for sale

A town view in Makkum, Friesland, 1871


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Springer C.


Cornelis Springer | A sunny Dutch town with figures near a water pump, oil on panel, 16.3 x 21.7 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated '51

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A sunny Dutch town with figures near a water pump

Cornelis Springer | A sunny town view, oil on panel, 13.7 x 16.1 cm, signed l.l. with mon. and in full on a label on the rev. and painted ca. 1838-1840

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A sunny town view

Cornelis Springer | A view of Oudewater, oil on panel, 33.5 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r. in full and l.l. with monogram and dated l.r. 1857 and l.l. '57

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A view of Oudewater

Cornelis Springer | The 'Koopmanstraat' and the Wellerondom, Brielle, oil on panel, 50.1 x 40.0 cm, signed l.l. in full and l.r. with mon. and dated l.r. '54

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

The 'Koopmanstraat' and the Wellerondom, Brielle

Cornelis Springer | A view on the Staaleversgracht in Enkhuizen, oil on panel, 36.2 x 50.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1866

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A view on the Staaleversgracht in Enkhuizen

Cornelis Springer | The Leliestraat in Hoorn, oil on panel, 25.0 x 19.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '88

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

The Leliestraat in Hoorn

Cornelis Springer | The quasi-house of Rembrandt on the Sint Anthoniebreestraat, Amsterdam, with the entry of the Zuiderkerkhof, oil on panel, 50.6 x 40.4 cm, signed l.l. in full en with mon. l.l. on box and dated 1853

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

The quasi-house of Rembrandt on the Sint Anthoniebreestraat, Amsterdam, with the entry of the Zuiderkerkhof

Cornelis Springer | The Doelenkade in Hoorn, in summer, oil on panel, 53.4 x 65.3 cm, signed l.r. in full and with monogram and dated 1875

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

The Doelenkade in Hoorn, in summer

Cornelis Springer | A  snowy day in the Zuiderkerkstraat, Elburg, oil on panel, 19.6 x 25.2 cm, signed l.r and dated '79

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A snowy day in the Zuiderkerkstraat, Elburg

Cornelis Springer | Activity along a Dutch city canal, oil on canvas, 35.8 x 45.7 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated '42

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

Activity along a Dutch city canal

Cornelis Springer | Street behind the city hall of Veere, oil on panel, 50.1 x 40.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1858

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

Street behind the city hall of Veere

Cornelis Springer | Dutch sunny street scene in Alkmaar, oil on panel, 30.1 x 24.7 cm, signed l.r. and verso and dated 1872

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

Dutch sunny street scene in Alkmaar

Cornelis Springer | At the entrance of the former St. Catharina convent in Brielle, oil on panel, 49.1 x 38.6 cm, signed l.r. in full and l.l. with monogram and reverse and dated '55

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

At the entrance of the former St. Catharina convent in Brielle

Cornelis Springer | A view of the Cellebroederspoort, Kampen, oil on panel, 51.5 x 42.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1863

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A view of the Cellebroederspoort, Kampen

Cornelis Springer | A Dutch church interior with 17th century figures, oil on panel, 27.8 x 25.0 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated 1849

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A Dutch church interior with 17th century figures

Cornelis Springer | Moored haybarge, oil on canvas, 29.0 x 35.2 cm, signed c.r. and painted circa 1842

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

Moored haybarge

Cornelis Springer | View of the Vriesestraat, with the Gemeenteschool, Dordrecht, oil on panel, 52.1 x 40.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1885 on the reverse

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

View of the Vriesestraat, with the Gemeenteschool, Dordrecht

Cornelis Springer | Daily activities in a Dutch town, oil on panel, 41.1 x 34.5 cm, signed l.l. with monogram and dated '51

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

Daily activities in a Dutch town

Cornelis Springer | Moored flatboats by a harbour mouth, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 78.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '44

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

Moored flatboats by a harbour mouth

Cornelis Springer | View of the 'Vischbrug', Woerden, oil on panel, 34.2 x 42.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '54

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

View of the 'Vischbrug', Woerden

Cornelis Springer | A skater on a frozen canal, oil on panel, 17.2 x 23.2 cm, signed l.o. and dated 1838

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A skater on a frozen canal

Cornelis Springer | A view of Hasselt in winter, oil on canvas, 46.0 x 62.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1862

Cornelis Springer

painting • previously for sale

A view of Hasselt in winter

Cornelis Springer | The  Vriesestraat in Dordrecht with the entrance of the Gemeenteschool, charcoal on paper, 50.7 x 39.6 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1 Nov. '82

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The Vriesestraat in Dordrecht with the entrance of the Gemeenteschool

Cornelis Springer | The Biersluis te Hoorn, charcoal on paper, 52.2 x 63.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 14 Sept. 1874

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The Biersluis te Hoorn

Cornelis Springer | Stedehuys Woerden (museum now), charcoal on paper, 48.5 x 39.5 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1858

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Stedehuys Woerden (museum now)

Cornelis Springer | A Dutch town view in winter, charcoal on paper, 50.5 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1861

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A Dutch town view in winter

Cornelis Springer | The Grote Poortstraat, on the corner of the Kromhoutsteeg, in Harderwijk, watercolour on paper, 27.0 x 21.6 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1863

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The Grote Poortstraat, on the corner of the Kromhoutsteeg, in Harderwijk

Cornelis Springer | A view of the Raamgracht in Haarlem, charcoal on paper, 31.0 x 40.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted 1859

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A view of the Raamgracht in Haarlem

Cornelis Springer | Stable boys holding their horse, pencil and watercolour on paper, 24.6 x 19.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated '75

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Stable boys holding their horse

Cornelis Springer | Laundry day in an old Dutch street, pencil and watercolour on paper, 24.6 x 19.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated '75

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Laundry day in an old Dutch street

Cornelis Springer | Amsterdam, charcoal on paper, 30.0 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r.

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Amsterdam

Cornelis Springer | The conversation, watercolour on paper, 7.8 x 5.0 cm, signed l.l. with monogram and executed on 31/12-52

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The conversation

Cornelis Springer | Hattem in winter, watercolour on paper, 14.5 x 11.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '89

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Hattem in winter

Cornelis Springer | A sunlit street, Culemborg, watercolour on paper, 14.9 x 11.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '89

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A sunlit street, Culemborg

Cornelis Springer | A view of Hoorn, watercolour on paper, 25.1 x 20.6 cm, signed l.l. and dated Dec. '77

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A view of Hoorn

Cornelis Springer | A view of the Zuiderhavendijk in Enkhuizen, watercolour on paper, 27.4 x 21.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '86

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A view of the Zuiderhavendijk in Enkhuizen

Cornelis Springer | Winter landscape with figures gathering wood, drawing on paper, 25.0 x 20.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '80

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Winter landscape with figures gathering wood

Cornelis Springer | Preparatory study Donjon 1844, watercolour on paper, 14.0 x 19.0 cm, signed on the reverse and dated 1844

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Preparatory study Donjon 1844

Cornelis Springer | Elspeet in summer, watercolour on paper, 26.0 x 39.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1868

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Elspeet in summer

Cornelis Springer | A view of the Burgwal, Haarlem, watercolour on paper, 30.5 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1843

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A view of the Burgwal, Haarlem

Cornelis Springer | An experienced horseman, watercolour on paper, 13.1 x 19.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '60

Cornelis Springer

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

An experienced horseman


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