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Willem Marisartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanDen Haag 1844-1910

biography of Willem Maris

Portrait of artist, painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Willem Maris

Portrait of Willem Maris

Willem Maris grew up in a family where the arts were greatly stimulated. He was the youngest of the three Maris brothers and received his first drawing instruction from his older brothers Jacob and Matthijs, with whom he shared a studio in The Hague. He also attended evening classes at the Hague Academy and received advice from animal painter Pieter Stortenbeker. In 1862 Willem started as an independent painter and made his debut at the Exhibition of Living Masters in Rotterdam. In the same year he sold his first painting and traveled to Oosterbeek, where he became friends with Anton Mauve. Mauve, who preferred to paint outside in all weather, often tried to persuade Willem to come along. But Willem felt most at ease in his studio, where he worked out the sketches he made outside. All his life he lived in and around The Hague and, while living in Rijswijk, had a duck pond planted in his garden. So he did not have to travel far to capture the ducks and their offspring.

The oeuvre of Willem Maris, also called the 'impressionist' of the Haagse School, is characterized not so much by a wide variety of subjects, but by large variations in composition, light treatment and technique. He preferred to paint and paint water-rich landscapes with ducks or cows on a canal or ditch. He often opted for a 'cut-out' from the landscape in which he wanted to capture the light. In his work, it is not the animals but the sunlight that actually play the leading role. 'I don't paint cows, but light effects,' he once said about his work. He used a special technique that the French Impressionists also applied, wet-in-wet painting; new paint was applied before the previous layer was dried. In his early work the animals were still a separate element, in his later work they became of secondary importance and were completely absorbed in the landscape.

Willem was the only one of the three brothers who had and kept success from the start of his career. He was not only known as a painter but also as a draftsman, etcher and especially as a watercolorist. Together with Anton Mauve and Hendrik Willem Mesdag, he founded the Hollandsche Teekenmaatschappij in 1876 and gave it to Breitner and his son, the later portrait painter Simon Maris.

previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Maris W.


Willem Maris | Melkvee in de wei, oil on canvas, 51.5 x 58.5 cm, gesigneerd l.o.

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Melkvee in de wei

Willem Maris | A milkmaid, oil on canvas, 51.5 x 58.5 cm, signed l.l.

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A milkmaid

Willem Maris | A white calf, drinking, oil on canvas, 52.2 x 40.4 cm, signed l.l.

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A white calf, drinking

Willem Maris | Cow at pasture, oil on panel, 21.6 x 28.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Cow at pasture

Willem Maris | Cows by the water, oil on canvas, 37.2 x 25.7 cm, signed l.r. (double)

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Cows by the water

Willem Maris | Cows in a meadow, 10.6 x 18.6 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows in a meadow

Willem Maris | Cows in a meadow, oil on canvas, 43.2 x 53.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows in a meadow

Willem Maris | Cows near a stream, oil on canvas, 32.5 x 43.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows near a stream

Willem Maris | Cows near a stream, oil on canvas, 80.8 x 101.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Cows near a stream

Willem Maris | Cows on the riverbank, oil on panel, 15.0 x 18.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Cows on the riverbank

Willem Maris | Donkeys on the beach, oil on panel, 19.3 x 23.8 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1866-1868

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Donkeys on the beach

Willem Maris | Duck with ducklings on the riverbank, oil on canvas, 47.7 x 36.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Duck with ducklings on the riverbank

Willem Maris | Ducks, oil on canvas, 22.0 x 44.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Ducks

Willem Maris | Ducks and ducklings by the waterside, oil on canvas, 23.5 x 41.3 cm, signed l.l.

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Ducks and ducklings by the waterside

Willem Maris | Ducks at the waterfront, watercolour on paper, 39.0 x 65.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Ducks at the waterfront

Willem Maris | Ducks on the riverbank, oil on canvas, 56.0 x 111.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1870

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Ducks on the riverbank

Willem Maris | Ducks on the riverbank, oil on panel, 20.0 x 28.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Ducks on the riverbank

Willem Maris | Farmer with cattle on a country road, oil on paper laid down on panel, 22.1 x 17.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Farmer with cattle on a country road

Willem Maris | Grazing cows, oil on canvas, 61.0 x 80.9 cm, signed l.l.

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Grazing cows

Willem Maris | Landscape with cows, oil on panel, 26.4 x 20.6 cm, signed l.r.

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Landscape with cows

Willem Maris | Milking the cow, oil on canvas, 25.3 x 43.4 cm, signed l.r.

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Milking the cow

Willem Maris | Milking the cows, oil on canvas, 58.6 x 87.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Milking the cows

Willem Maris | Milking time, oil on canvas, 63.0 x 78.3 cm, signed l.l.

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Milking time

Willem Maris | Milking time, oil on canvas, 75.0 x 100.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Milking time

Willem Maris | Milking yard, watercolour on paper, 43.0 x 33.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Milking yard

Willem Maris | Morning twilight, oil on panel, 41.5 x 66.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1869

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Morning twilight

Willem Maris | Mother duck with ducklings, oil on canvas, 55.3 x 90.3 cm, signed l.l.

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Mother duck with ducklings

Willem Maris | Polder landscape, oil on canvas, 23.4 x 42.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Polder landscape

Willem Maris | Polder landscape with cattle and windmills, oil on panel, 38.3 x 47.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Polder landscape with cattle and windmills

Willem Maris | River view with cows grazing along the bank, oil on canvas, 67.0 x 91.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1875

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River view with cows grazing along the bank

Willem Maris | Springtime, oil on panel, 35.7 x 57.7 cm, signed l.r.

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Springtime

Willem Maris | Springtime, oil on canvas, 66.0 x 111.2 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1875

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Springtime

Willem Maris | Watering cattle, oil on canvas, 35.5 x 25.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Watering cattle

Willem Maris | Watering cow, oil on panel, 17.5 x 25.7 cm, signed l.r.

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Watering cow

Willem Maris | Watering cow, oil on canvas, 45.3 x 60.4 cm, signed l.r.

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Watering cow

Willem Maris | Watering cows, oil on canvas, 37.0 x 25.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Watering cows

Willem Maris | Watering cows in a polder landscape, oil on canvas, 58.0 x 88.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Watering cows in a polder landscape

Willem Maris | Willows and ducks flying up, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 29.9 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1890-1900

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Willows and ducks flying up


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Maris W.


Willem Maris | A polder landscape, oil on canvas, 66.3 x 94.5 cm, painted ca. 1906

Willem Maris

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A polder landscape, 1906

Willem Maris | Ducks by a pond, oil on canvas, 53.8 x 97.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Ducks by a pond

Willem Maris | Grazing cattle, watercolour and gouache on paper, 41.4 x 57.8 cm, signed l.r.

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Grazing cattle

Willem Maris | Two cows in a Dutch landscape, oil on canvas, 53.6 x 78.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Two cows in a Dutch landscape

Willem Maris | Two grazing cows in a polder landscape, oil on panel, 24.1 x 32.6 cm, signed l.r.

Willem Maris

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Two grazing cows in a polder landscape


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