Monday, July 14, 2014

Eye Candy for Today: Johannes Klinkenberg river and town scene

A View of the Groenburgwal with the Zuiderkerk, seen from the River Amstel, Amsterdam, Johannes Christiaan Karel Klinkenberg
A View of the Groenburgwal with the Zuiderkerk, seen from the River Amstel, Amsterdam, Johannes Christiaan Karel Klinkenberg

On the Elsewhere blog (for which I must issue a Timesink Warning). Also on Sotheby’s. Original is in a private collection.

Another beautiful example of the genre of 19th century Dutch townscape paintings that I just love — in this case a wonderfully painterly example.

3 thoughts on “Eye Candy for Today: Johannes Klinkenberg river and town scene

  1. ælle

    The attraction of many Dutch towns are their grachten. Another of Klinkenberg’s watercolours is one of Meppel. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Gracht_Meppel_door_Johannes_Christiaan_Karel_Klinkenberg_%281852_1924%29.jpg
    The three main ‘canals’ of Amsterdam, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age.
    A gracht (city-canal) is a waterway in the city with streets (the wallen, plural = Groenbrugwal)) on both sides of the water. The streets are lined with houses, often in a closed front. Other words for manmade waterways within cities are either ‘kanaal’ or ‘singel’, best left untranslated.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3NZnZsim_Y

  2. ælle

    The same Groenburgwal lovingly painted years later by Sal(omon) Meijer who was born and raised in the Jewish neighbourhood at #10 Zwanenburgwal. As a Jew Sal was banned from exhibiting his paintings during the occupation until the end of the war. He survived because he was married to a non-jewish woman, Elisabeth (Liesje) Giehl, 30 years his junior.
    http://www.uripremselaar.nl/photo2/?page=view&id=437

    http://www.jhm.nl/cultuur-en-geschiedenis/personen/m/meijer,+salomon

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