The exhibition Through Springer's eye introduces you to the world of Cornelis Springer (1817-1891), one of the most renowned 19th-century painters of townscapes. Become acquainted with his exceptional method of working and follow him on his travels along the Zuiderzee towns.
The painter and his method of working
Cornelis Springer was one of the first 19th-century painters who particularly applied himself to topographically identifiable townscapes. He travelled all over the country with his sketchbook to make studies on the spot, capturing the situation of the time in an extremely accurate way. In his studio he then worked out these sketches into paintings, in which he subtly adapted reality to his wishes. This he did in such a veiled manner that it was barely noticeable. Springer had a great liking for the Zuiderzee towns, where he imagined himself in the Golden Age. The exhibition Through Springer's eye feautures drawings, water colours and paintings of the Zuiderzee towns Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Medemblik, Edam, Monnickendam, Amsterdam, Naarden, Harderwijk, Elburg, Hindeloopen and Makkum.
The painter's overall working method is shown in five rooms – from his first studies, made on location, to the composition sketches and oils, which were made in his studio. Springer was an artist with a strong commercial bent and was tremendously successful. People paid fortunes for his townscapes; in fact, they were so sought-after that he was forced to make waiting lists. Find out how Springer sold his townscapes and how they were presented in art shops. And discover how even today his top works decorate the homes of art collectors. Finally there is a workshop where visitors can actively participate in Springer's methodical way of looking and working.
In a unique setting, you will be able to experience Gelderland furniture while enjoying Springer's work.
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