Cornelis Springer Netherlands
5-25-1817 Amsterdam, NED – 2-18-1891 Hilversum, NEDBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Cornelis Springer was educated by the painter Andries de Wit and learned from his older brother the architect Henry Springer, drawing the architecture and the perspective view. He then studied with Jacobus van der Stok, Hendrik Gerrit ten Cate and Kaspar Karsen.
On his numerous journeys through Europe - often in Germany - he painted the views of cities, the places, the houses and the scenery. Cornelis Springer became a member of the Amsterdam painters collective Felix Meritis and won a gold medal for a painting of a church interior in 1847.
In 1863 he came to Bremen. Here he made sketches, watercolors and photos of buildings and from Bremen's Market Square. Springer painted in the style of romanticism many towns and villages, often fantasies with recognizable designs. His paintings have a topographical accuracy. The detail and the light were marked in him. His works are not only accurate, but also blend in with the color and light design. They have been widely used by many color prints.
Cornelis Springer is known for watercolors, etchings, and drawings, especially of city views and town scenes that he sketched while traveling around the country. He was awarded the Leopold order of Belgium in 1865, and in 1878 he was invited with Jozef Israëls to advise the Dutch Ministry of Public Affairs on the plans for the Rijksmuseum.
Cornelis Springer picture view of the western road from Enkhuizen was auctioned in 2006 by Sotheby's in Amsterdam $1.4 million, the highest amount paid for one of his works. His son Leonard Springer (1855-1940) was one of the most important landscape architects in the Dutch garden art of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Art Movement: Romanticism
Influences: Andries de Wit, Kaspar Karsen