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Willem Witsenartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanAmsterdam 1860-1923

biography of 'Willem' Arnold Witsen

Willem Witsen attended the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, between 1876 and 1884, and there became friends with the painters E. Karsen, Tholen, Breitner and Israels. After a stay in London, where he became acquainted with Whistler’s work, Witsen began painting dreamy, quiet cityscapes in a dark palette that were to become his specialism. Unlike Breitner and Israels’ bustling city impressions, Witsen saw Amsterdam as a monument to timeless beauty. He also painted landscapes and sometimes still lifes and portraits.


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Willem Witsen


Willem Witsen | A still life with clematis, watercolour on paper, 52.0 x 43.0 cm, signed l.r.

Willem Witsen

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A still life with clematis

Willem Witsen | A view of the Driehoek, Ede, watercolour on paper, 46.4 x 58.2 cm, signed l.l.

Willem Witsen

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A view of the Driehoek, Ede

Willem Witsen | Ede in winter, watercolour on paper, 36.9 x 54.2 cm, signed l.r. and executed ca. 1895

Willem Witsen

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Ede in winter

Willem Witsen | Evening twilight, Ede, oil on canvas, 45.0 x 54.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1895

Willem Witsen

painting • previously for sale

Evening twilight, Ede

Willem Witsen | Moored boats, oil on canvas, 25.0 x 45.0 cm, signed l.l.

Willem Witsen

painting • previously for sale

Moored boats

Willem Witsen | The corner of the Kalkmarkt and Prins Hendrikkade, Amsterdam, oil on canvas, 51.2 x 42.0 cm, signed l.r.

Willem Witsen

painting • previously for sale

The corner of the Kalkmarkt and Prins Hendrikkade, Amsterdam

Willem Witsen | View on the Oude Schans from Breitner's workshop, watercolour on paper, 57.0 x 67.0 cm, signed l.r.

Willem Witsen

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

View on the Oude Schans from Breitner's workshop


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Willem Witsen


Willem Witsen | The Montelbaanstoren on the Oude Schans in summer, oil on canvas, 80.0 x 101.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1913

Willem Witsen

painting • for sale

The Montelbaanstoren on the Oude Schans in summer, ca. 1913

Willem Witsen | The Oude Waal in winter, Amsterdam, oil on panel, 30.3 x 44.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1912

Willem Witsen

painting • for sale

The Oude Waal in winter, Amsterdam, ca. 1912


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