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Cornelis Springer

1817 - 1891

Cornelis Springer, painter of outstanding cityscapes

Cornelis Springer (1817-1891) was a Romantic artist. He always let himself be guided by his emotions rather than his reasoning. At a young age, Cornelis Springer started an apprenticeship with a painter and decorator, which was the path that his parents had envisioned for him. Once his creative talent was revealed, he started attending lessons at the city art school.

Initially, Cornelis Springer focused on painting unspoilt landscapes. In those days, nature, and in particular unspoilt and untainted nature, was regarded as a tremendous asset. But Springer particularly excelled in meticulous depictions of cityscapes and village scenes, and it is these paintings which won him great acclaim. The light that falls on the façades is often soft and warm. The sky is clear, and the sun shines like it does on the most beautiful summer days. The people depicted in his paintings are often members of society’s elite and are usually dressed according to the latest fashions.

A respected artist

Cornelis Springer spent most of his life in Amsterdam, but he travelled throughout the country for his work. He would stop to draw elaborate sketches of monumental buildings, churches, and squares, often down to the smallest detail, which he later used to create oil paintings in his studio. He became interested in buildings and architecture through his family; his father was a carpenter and contractor and his eldest brother worked as an architect. He taught the young Springer everything about perspective and how to draw buildings.

What makes his paintings special is that they are, generally speaking, very truthful. However, he did permit himself some freedom to leave out elements that bothered him. Thanks to his keen eye for detail, he succeeded in depicting the architecture of towns and villages in a lifelike manner. Alongside depictions of existing buildings, there are also works featuring houses that he imagined himself. This fantasy architecture looks incredibly realistic, it is almost as though the buildings actually existed.

Springer’s paintings were well respected and admired by his contemporaries. During his lifetime, Cornelis Springer was a highly respected artist, both in the Netherlands and abroad. His work is also popular today. Springer’s paintings feature in many museum collections, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, and the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen.

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No longer available Cornelis Springer | Entrance of the Municipal School the Vriesestraat in Dordrecht

Cornelis Springer

Entrance of the Municipal School the Vriesestraat in Dordrecht »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Zicht op de Havendijk te Enkhuizen

Cornelis Springer

Zicht op de Havendijk te Enkhuizen »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Figures in a rowing boat on turbulent water

Cornelis Springer

Figures in a rowing boat on turbulent water »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Bedrijvigheid in de St. Jansstraat te Haarlem met op de achtergrond de St. Bavokerk

Cornelis Springer

Bedrijvigheid in de St. Jansstraat te Haarlem met op de achtergrond de St. Bavokerk »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | De Kaasmarkt in Enkhuizen met de Waag, bij zomer

Cornelis Springer

De Kaasmarkt in Enkhuizen met de Waag, bij zomer »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Bedrijvigheid in de Nieuwe Raamstraat te Haarlem met op de achtergrond de toren van de Nieuwe Kerk

Cornelis Springer

Bedrijvigheid in de Nieuwe Raamstraat te Haarlem met op de achtergrond de toren van de Nieuwe Kerk »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Straatje te Enkhuizen

Cornelis Springer

Straatje te Enkhuizen »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Daily bustle at the St. Jans-street in Haarlem with the St. Bavo Church in the background

Cornelis Springer

Daily bustle at the St. Jans-street in Haarlem with the St. Bavo Church in the background »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Zomers straatje te Oudewater

Cornelis Springer

Zomers straatje te Oudewater »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Figuren op het Kerkpad te Zandvoort in de winter

Cornelis Springer

Figuren op het Kerkpad te Zandvoort in de winter »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Het stadhuis te Oudewater

Cornelis Springer

Het stadhuis te Oudewater »

No longer available Cornelis Springer | Gezicht op de markttentoonstelling Voedingsmiddelen in Amsterdam

Cornelis Springer

Gezicht op de markttentoonstelling Voedingsmiddelen in Amsterdam »