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Floris Arntzeniusartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanSoerabaja (Indonesië, v/h Nederlands-Indië) 1864-1925 Den Haag

biography of Pieter Florentius Nicolaas Jacobus 'Floris' Arntzenius

Portrait of artist, painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Pieter Florentius Nicolaas Jacobus 'Floris' Arntzenius

Portrait of Pieter Florentius Nicolaas Jacobus 'Floris' Arntzenius

Floris Arntzenius (1864-1925), born in Surabaya, moves with his parents to Amsterdam when he was ten. He received his education there at the Rijksacademie, together with Isaac Israels, Willem Witsen and G.H. Breitner and follows another year of lessons at the academy of Antwerp. When his father dies and his mother is homesick for the Indies spheres, The Hague, with a large Indies community, becomes his new place of residence. This is where Arntzenius will live and work for the rest of his life. Although he is mainly known for his 'streets' in The Hague, Arntzenius was a very versatile artist. He painted landscapes – in the style of the Hague School – colorful beach scenes, still lifes, self-portraits and portraits of friends and acquaintances that he met at auctions in Pulchri and in Café Riche.
Arntzenius soon feels at home in The Hague. There he becomes a member of Pulchri Studio and of the Hollandsche Teeken Maatschappij. Together with famous contemporaries such as George Hendrik Breitner and Isaac Israels, Arntzenius embraces the modern life of his time, seeks out the bustle of the city and paints spontaneous impressions of the lively city life in The Hague; strolling ladies, shoppers, carts and trams, butchers and bakers who deliver food and strung horses with carriages, preferably in fog or rainy weather. An art critic describes them aptly in 1903: 'Crowded street scenes, preferably in rainy weather, the full bustle of a market day, a glimpse into a working-class neighborhood that sparkles with multicolored light. He likes turbulent crowds. A nice smooth street or square, neat houses polished by glass cleaners are an abomination to him.' Arntzenius uses sober tones for this, which he alternates with color accents such as cobalt blue, red and green for a more lively image. There is also a regularly recurring, striking motif of the butcher's boy in a white smock, with a basket on his arm. Besides in the city, Arntzenius works along the canal to Scheveningen, where ships transport the sand, and at the Haringkade, where net menders are busy. He can often also be found on the beach of Scheveningen, where a few figures and some bath chairs or carriages provide sufficient upholstery for his paintings. His wife and children often act as models. His beach scenes in a French atmosphere breathe tranquility through the representation of the motifs in large shapes and flat tones. Artnzenius is less interested in fishing life. This had been documented often enough in the past by the Hague Scholers and, moreover, the fish sale no longer took place on the beach, but in the newly constructed harbour.
In 1900 Arntzenius married the painter Lide Doorman, with whom he had four daughters. During her marriage, she always gives priority to her family and her husband's work. Only after his death did she resume painting until her death in 1954. Her subjects were still lifes, especially flowers, and portraits.
At the end of his life, Arntzenius turned his back on the 'turbulent street scenes' and focused on flower still lifes. That may seem like an exhausted subject, but his bouquets of snowberries or the nasturtiums with their special incidence of light are beautifully still. Arntzenius had no desire to travel abroad. The beauty of his own country and immediate surroundings provided him with the necessary inspiration for his work. He maintained a wide circle of friends, including Johannes Akkeringa, Isaac Israels, Willem Maris, Willem Bastiaan Tholen and Willem de Zwart. He never went out of his way to work 'differently' because time demanded it, but always quietly followed his own path in the midst of changing directions.

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Floris Arntzenius | Zinnias in a copper vase, oil on canvas, 43.0 x 50.4 cm, signed l.m.

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Zinnias in a copper vase

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the Wagenstraat, The Hague, oil on panel, 20.6 x 29.0 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of the Wagenstraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Exhibition in Pulchri Studio, The Hague, oil on canvas laid down on board, 45.2 x 59.8 cm, painted ca. 1895

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Exhibition in Pulchri Studio, The Hague, ca. 1895

Floris Arntzenius | Market scene, The Hague, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 31.3 x 47.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Market scene, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | A windy day on the beach of Scheveningen, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 23.1 x 33.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A windy day on the beach of Scheveningen

Floris Arntzenius | Daily chores, oil on canvas, 37.2 x 48.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Daily chores

Floris Arntzenius | Crowded shopping street by night, oil on canvas, 36.8 x 51.0 cm

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Crowded shopping street by night

Floris Arntzenius | Passion, pastel and watercolour on paper, 68.7 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r. and to be dated ca. 1892

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Passion, ca. 1892

Floris Arntzenius | F.J. van Rossum du Chattel and J.A. Frederiks playing cards at Pulchri, crayon and watercolour on paper, 13.7 x 11.6 cm, signed l.l.

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F.J. van Rossum du Chattel and J.A. Frederiks playing cards at Pulchri

Floris Arntzenius | The painter Carl August Breitenstein at work, watercolour and gouache on paper, 35.7 x 49.8 cm, signed l.l.

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The painter Carl August Breitenstein at work

Floris Arntzenius | Landscape on a showery day, charcoal and watercolour on paper, 23.0 x 41.5 cm, signed l.l. remainder of signature

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Landscape on a showery day

Floris Arntzenius | Elephant, black chalk and gouache on paper, 12.7 x 18.4 cm

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Elephant

Floris Arntzenius | A busy Spuistraat in The Hague, watercolour and gouache on paper, 50.1 x 33.9 cm, signed l.r.

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A busy Spuistraat in The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Fabric market in The Hague, gouache on paper, 29.1 x 49.3 cm, signed l.l.

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Fabric market in The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Poinsettias in a vase, watercolour on paper, 28.3 x 21.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Poinsettias in a vase

Floris Arntzenius | A street in Hoorn with a view of the Kaaswaag, watercolour on paper, 39.0 x 46.5 cm, signed l.r. and to be dated 18 August 1905

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A street in Hoorn with a view of the Kaaswaag, ca. 1905


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Floris Arntzenius | The beach at Scheveningen, oil on canvas, 33.3 x 45.4 cm, painted ca. 1895

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The beach at Scheveningen, ca. 1895

Floris Arntzenius | The painter meets two ladies at night, oil on canvas, 70.2 x 79.7 cm

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The painter meets two ladies at night

Floris Arntzenius | On the beach of Scheveningen, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 31.6 x 51.5 cm, signed l.l.

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On the beach of Scheveningen

Floris Arntzenius | The Grote Markt in The Hague, oil on canvas laid down on board, 45.2 x 60.8 cm

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The Grote Markt in The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Roses in a green vase, oil on panel, 30.0 x 21.0 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1915

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Roses in a green vase, ca. 1915

Floris Arntzenius | Noordeinde, The Hague, with statue of Prince Willem I, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 44.9 cm, gesigneerd op spieraam

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Noordeinde, The Hague, with statue of Prince Willem I

Floris Arntzenius | The Havenkade with Hotel Seinpost, Scheveningen, oil on panel, 37.0 x 46.0 cm, signed l.l.

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The Havenkade with Hotel Seinpost, Scheveningen

Floris Arntzenius | View of the Noordeinde, The Hague, oil on canvas, 62.4 x 43.5 cm, signed l.l.

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View of the Noordeinde, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Landscape with horse and wagon, oil on canvas, 32.2 x 50.3 cm

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Landscape with horse and wagon

Floris Arntzenius | The Gravenstraat, The Hague, oil on panel, 32.0 x 23.7 cm

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The Gravenstraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Coaches in the snow, oil on panel, 38.7 x 59.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1895

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Coaches in the snow, ca. 1895

Floris Arntzenius | A ginger jar with an autumn bouquet, oil on canvas, 50.4 x 38.9 cm

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A ginger jar with an autumn bouquet

Floris Arntzenius | Coaches in the snow, oil on panel, 38.7 x 59.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1895

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Coaches in the snow, 1895

Floris Arntzenius | A still life with onions and a copper bowl, oil on canvas, 38.5 x 46.3 cm, signed l.r.

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A still life with onions and a copper bowl

Floris Arntzenius | Daisies in a ginger jar, oil on panel, 29.2 x 22.3 cm, signed l.l.

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Daisies in a ginger jar

Floris Arntzenius | Beach scene with donkies, oil on canvas, 31.5 x 41.3 cm, signed l.l.

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Beach scene with donkies

Floris Arntzenius | The seamstress, oil on canvas, 37.2 x 48.0 cm, signed l.l.

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The seamstress

Floris Arntzenius | A townscape, France, oil on canvas, 29.0 x 41.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '92

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A townscape, France, 1892

Floris Arntzenius | A view of 'De Korte Poten', The Hague, oil on panel, 29.0 x 20.7 cm, signed l.l.

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A view of 'De Korte Poten', The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Sailing vessels in the harbour, Scheveningen, oil on panel, 34.5 x 22.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Sailing vessels in the harbour, Scheveningen

Floris Arntzenius | Elegant ladies at the beach, 1907, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 21.3 x 28.7 cm, signed l.r.

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Elegant ladies at the beach, 1907

Floris Arntzenius | A beach scene, oil on canvas, 17.5 x 28.4 cm, signed signed l.r.

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A beach scene

Floris Arntzenius | Nasturtium in a ginger jar, oil on canvas, 36.5 x 50.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Nasturtium in a ginger jar

Floris Arntzenius | The Brouwersgracht, The Hague, oil on canvas, 68.0 x 53.0 cm, signed l.r.

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The Brouwersgracht, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Townscape, oil on canvas, 50.3 x 35.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Townscape

Floris Arntzenius | Flowers in a ginger jar, oil on canvas, 43.2 x 34.6 cm, signed l.l.

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Flowers in a ginger jar

Floris Arntzenius | The Voldersgracht, the Hague, watercolour on paper, 12.0 x 16.0 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1888

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The Voldersgracht, the Hague, 1888

Floris Arntzenius | The harbour of Elburg with moored fishing boats, watercolour on paper, 56.9 x 43.5 cm, signed l.r.

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The harbour of Elburg with moored fishing boats

Floris Arntzenius | The Korte Voorhout, The Hague, chalk and watercolour on paper, 14.3 x 20.1 cm, signed l.l.

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The Korte Voorhout, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the Wagenstraat, The Hague, watercolour on paper, 36.3 x 49.7 cm, signed l.l.

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A view of the Wagenstraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | The Spuistraat, watercolour on paper, 25.8 x 17.9 cm, signed l.r.

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The Spuistraat

Floris Arntzenius | The Spuistraat, The Hague, chalk, watercolour and gouache on paper, 40.6 x 28.6 cm, signed l.l.

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The Spuistraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | The Spuistraat, The Hague, pencil and watercolour on paper, 14.0 x 8.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1919

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The Spuistraat, The Hague, 1919

Floris Arntzenius | View on the Spuistraat, The Hague, watercolour and gouache on paper, 24.6 x 15.8 cm, signed l.r.

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View on the Spuistraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Sweet-William in a vase, watercolour on paper, 45.6 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and painted ca. 1920

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Sweet-William in a vase, ca. 1920

Floris Arntzenius | Figures in the Spuistraat, The Hague, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 18.7 x 13.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Figures in the Spuistraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | A sunny market scene, The Hague, watercolour on paper, 36.2 x 46.9 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1905

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A sunny market scene, The Hague, 1905

Floris Arntzenius | A street in The Hague, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 12.5 x 8.9 cm, signed l.l.

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A street in The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the Spuistraat, The Hague, watercolour and gouache on paper, 16.9 x 11.5 cm, signed l.l.

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A view of the Spuistraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | A sunlit street, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 18.6 x 12.3 cm, signed l.l.

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A sunlit street

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the 'Vispoort', Elburg, charcoal and watercolour on paper, 19.4 x 13.7 cm, signed l.r. indistinctly

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A view of the 'Vispoort', Elburg

Floris Arntzenius | Noordeinde, The Hague, pastel and watercolour on paper, 20.5 x 14.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Noordeinde, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the Wagenstraat, The Hague, watercolour and gouache on paper, 40.4 x 60.1 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of the Wagenstraat, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Elegant bathers on the beach of Scheveningen, watercolour on paper, 34.7 x 53.9 cm, signed l.l. and painted 1904-1906

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Elegant bathers on the beach of Scheveningen, 1904-1906

Floris Arntzenius | A view of a village, seen from the beach, watercolour on paper, 29.8 x 39.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated '90/'95

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A view of a village, seen from the beach, 1890-1895

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the 'Spuistraat', The Haque, black chalk, watercolour and gouache on paper, 28.0 x 41.5 cm, signed l.l.

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A view of the 'Spuistraat', The Haque

Floris Arntzenius | The bridge near the old zoo of The Hague, watercolour and gouache on paper, 38.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r.

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The bridge near the old zoo of The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Still life with peonies in a blue vase, watercolour on paper, 46.2 x 37.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Still life with peonies in a blue vase

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the 'Gravenstraat', Den Haag, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 20.1 x 14.8 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of the 'Gravenstraat', Den Haag

Floris Arntzenius | A view of 'De Spuistraat', The Hague, chalk, watercolour and gouache on paper, 13.8 x 8.7 cm, signed l.l.

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A view of 'De Spuistraat', The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | Playing chess, Pulchri Studio, charcoal and watercolour on paper, 13.7 x 19.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Playing chess, Pulchri Studio

Floris Arntzenius | A sunlit street, Elburg, watercolour on paper, 42.8 x 29.8 cm, signed l.r.

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A sunlit street, Elburg

Floris Arntzenius | Barges with flowers moored at Smitswater, The Hague, watercolour on paper, 22.0 x 17.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Barges with flowers moored at Smitswater, The Hague

Floris Arntzenius | A view of the Hoogstraat, The Hague, watercolour on paper, 17.6 x 25.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '95

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A view of the Hoogstraat, The Hague, 1895

Floris Arntzenius | Canal with draw-bridge, watercolour on paper, 44.5 x 33.5 cm, signed signed l.r.

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Canal with draw-bridge


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