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Willem Witsen artwork • painting • for sale The Montelbaanstoren on the Oude Schans in summer

Willem Witsen

The Montelbaanstoren on the Oude Schans in summer
oil on canvas 79.7 x 100.6 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1913

This painting is for sale.

Price: € 60,000

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    Provenance: veiling S.J. Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 13 feb. 1934, lotnr. 147 (met afb.); veiling Paul Brandt, Amsterdam, 25 okt. 1966, lotnr. 288 (met afb.); veiling Sotheby Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 15 nov. 1976, lotnr. 172 (met afb.); Kunsthandel Wending, Amsterdam, 1979; coll. Meentwijck, Bussum, 2004.
    Literature: tent.cat. Amsterdam, Kunsthandel Wending, 'Najaarstentoonstelling', 1979, afb. pag. 33; tent.cat. Eindhoven, Museum Kempenland, 'Verborgen kostelijkheden in de regio. Een keuze uit particulier bezit', 1986, pag. 48, afb. 105; Jenny Reynaerts e.a., 'Willem Witsen 1860-1923: schilderijen, tekeningen, prenten, foto's', Bussum 2003, afb. in kleur pag. 104.
    Exhibited: Amsterdam, Kunsthandel Wending, 'Najaarstentoonstelling', sept.-nov. 1979; Eindhoven, Museum Kempenland, 'Verborgen kostelijkheden in de regio. Een keuze uit particulier bezit', april-mei 1986; Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, 'Willem Witsen 1860-1923 - Stemmingen', aug.-nov. 2003; Hattem, Voerman Museum, 'Jaargenoten Jan Voerman senior Rijksacademie Amsterdam 1876', sept. 2005-jan. 2006; 'Jongkind tot Van der Leck, de passie van een collectioneur: Collectie Kamerbeek', Amersfoort, Museum Flehite, jan.-april 2007/Amersfoort, Armando Museum, juli-sept. 2007.

    To Willem Witsen, the Montelbaanstoren was a loyal neighbor: diagonally across the street, at nr. 5 Oude Schans, in 1887 he rented the former studio of his painter friend G.H. Breitner. From this spot Witsen had a magnificent view of the tower. The move to this studio marked the moment when Witsen devoted himself to the tranquil cityscape, the theme with which his name is connected. Amsterdam, the city where he was born, studied art and lived most of his life, was a source of inspiration for Witsen. The Montelbaanstoren was therefore a popular subject, which was repeated throughout his career in his work, in various styles and shapes. Here Witsen painted the tower 'truncated', as he originally saw it from his first studio. The cut composition could also be explained by his interest in photography. Like his good friend Breitner, he was a skilled photographer.


    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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