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Willem Witsen artwork • painting • for saleThe 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 framed 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.

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.


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Willem Witsen | Portrait of a peasant girl, oil on painter's board, 35.5 x 25.2 cm

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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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