The Middelburg painter Willem Johannes Schütz received his first painting lessons from his father, the marine painter J.F. Schutz. In the choice of his subjects he continued the family tradition. In terms of style, his early work from the eighties is in line with his father's finely elaborated sea and river views. After that, his work developed more in the direction of the Hague School. Willem Johannes is therefore also considered to be part of the afterlife of the Hague School, along with Tholen, De Bock and Willem de Zwart, among others. Striking is the care that Schütz devoted to the rendering of light effects. After 1910 his palette became lighter under the influence of luminism, although he remained faithful to fine brown and gray nuances.