Willem Witsen artwork • watercolour • drawing • previously for sale View on the Oude Schans from Breitner's workshop
View on the Oude Schans from Breitner's workshop
watercolour on paper 57.0 x 67.0 cm, signed l.r.
This work on paper was previously for sale.
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.