Willem Witsen artwork • watercolour • drawing • for sale Anemones in earthenware vase
Anemones in earthenware vase
watercolour on paper 44.5 x 37.0 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1920
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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.