Willem Maris was a 19th century Dutch painter whose subjects were primarily pastoral scenes of cattle and fowl, though he also painted figurative subjects.
Though his choice of themes remained with him through his career, his approach to painting changed — from straightforward realism to experiments with bold color to the kind of painterly brushwork and broken color associated with Impressionism, leading to his reputation as a “Dutch Impressionist”.
Also consistent through his career was a fascination with the play of light on his subjects, a fascination that naturally dovetailed with his interest in impressionistic effects. Maris worked in both oil and watercolor, as well as producing a number of drawings.
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Willem was een landschapschilder bij uitstek. Hij maakte buiten zijn schetsen, die hij in zijn atelier voltooide, omdat hij van mening was dat, als je alleen maar in de natuur schildert, je uiteindelijk gaat kopiëren/Willem was a landscape painter. He sketched in the open air and finished in his studio, because he believed that if one just paints in nature, one copies, eventually, in the end.
It’s good to know, though.
Willem was the junior of three famous brothers, Jacob Maris (1837 – 1917), Matthijs Maris (1839 – 1917) & Willem Maris (1844 – 1910).
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