19 May, 2008
Willem Witsen, Prins Hendrikkade te Amsterdam, 1891. Aquarel.
letters: correspondentie van Willem Witsen
Willem Witsen (1860- 1923) was bevriend met vele belangrijke kunstenaars en literatoren van zijn tijd: George Breitner, Isaac Israels, Jacob van Looy, Jan Veth, Willem Tholen, Willem Kloos, Lodewijk van Deyssel en Frederik van Eeden.
Willem Witsen (1860-1923) belongs with Vincent van Gogh and George Hendrik Breitner to the most important Dutch artists of their generation. He held a key position among the painters and literary figures in what is generally known as the 'Beweging van Tachtig' (The Eighties Movement) which was extremely influential in the Netherlands at the end of the Nineteenth century. His early work concentrates on landscapes and scenes of the working class population but later he became more and more interested in still cityscapes which centered around Amsterdam, Dordrecht and London. He was also a avid photographer, portrait painter and above all an excellent etcher.
This richly illustrated catalogue describing his life and work, and also containing a catalogue raisonné of his etchings, has been produced in collaboration with the Amsterdam City Archives and the Municiple Museum in Dordrecht both of which have organized a major exhibition.