Cornelis Springer

Springer, Cornelis

1817 Amsterdam ‐ 1891 Hilversum

Information about the artist

Cornelis Springer is one of the most important Dutch veduta painters of the 19th century. During his career, he created around 550 paintings and numerous watercolours and drawings. The subjects are urban and village life - squares and streets, individual houses and usually scenes with a vivid staffage.
Looking at the artist's work from its beginnings in the 1830s to his
late time, it should be noted that the early work is still characterized by the spirit of romanticism, when his works showed the expression of a mood rather than a precise topographic location. Since about 1845, this style changed in favor of a realistic description of the local situation. Nevertheless, the painter was not a realist, but he valued the photographic fidelity of his city views.
Springer exhibited at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867, Vienna in 1873 and Philadelphia in 1876 and was honourd art each exhibition with a medal or at an honorable mention. His works were sold to i.a. important British and American collectors.
The artist convinces his audience with the topographical accuracy and attention to detail. He skilfully plays with the light on the architectural surfaces.

Works of art