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    Sale 3063

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art - (including Dutch Impressionism)

    24 - 25 May 2016, Amsterdam

  • Lot 172

    Cornelis Springer (Amsterdam 1817-1891 Hilversum)

    Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam

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    Cornelis Springer (Amsterdam 1817-1891 Hilversum)
    Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
    signed with monogram, dated and inscribed '1846 / Mededinging' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    79.5 x 62 cm.


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    In the 1840s recognition for Springer’s work was growing quickly. He excelled at painting detailed town views and his romantic visions of 17th century Holland were very popular. He was being awarded a silver medal in 1843 and a gold medal in 1847. In 1850 he became an honoury member of the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and from that period Springer had attained such renown that he only worked on commission for private collectors and art dealers. A waiting list of two years in this period was testimony to the great popularity of his work.

    The present lot is a rare example of a church interior by the hand of the artist and depicts the gothic Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Springer received great acclaim for the present painting. The art society Arti et Amicitae awarded the painter a Gold Medal in 1846 for this work, when a year later, in 1847 he won the Gold Medal at the exhibition Levende Meesters at the Felix Meritis, Amsterdam. Considering the masterful detailing and superb play of light and shadow within the different architectural elements, one can assume Springer relied on his preliminary sketches or perhaps his 'romantic' imagination. It has been suggested Springer painted the present church as a celebration of his own marriage, which took place on 7 May 1846 in the Nieuwe Kerk, the same year in which the present lot was painted.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 5 November 1981, lot 150.
    (Possibly) Mr. Ir. Duneker, Rotterdam, no.9 (according to a label on the reverse).
    with Kunsthandel Frans Jacobs, Amsterdam, by 1994.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 13 December 2010, lot 12, where acquired by the present owner.


    Literature

    Willem Laanstra, H.C. de Bruijn, Dr. J.H.A. Ringeling, Cornelis Springer (1817-1891), Utrecht, 1984, p. 59, no. 46-2.
    Willem Laanstra, 'Cornelis Springer, toch een boeiend stadsportrettist?', in: Tableau, December 1985, Vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 50-56, no. 46-2 (eratum monograph 1984).
    Willem Laanstra, Cornelis Springer Geschilderde Steden, Amsterdam, 1994, pp. 13, 31.
    Guido de Werd, A Romantic Journey: Masterpieces from the Rademakers Collection, Eindhoven, 2014, pp. 60-61, no. 97 (9).
    Arnold Ligthart, Door het oog van Cornelis Springer (1817-1891): Een ontdekkingstocht langs de steden rondom de Zuiderzee, Schiedam, 2015, p. 148, no. 189.


    Exhibited

    Amsterdam, Felix Meritis, Tentoonstelling van Kunstwerken door Levende Meesters, 1847 (winner of the Gold Medal).
    Amsterdam, Kunsthandel Gebroeders Douwes/Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum/Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Cornelis Springer 1817-1891, 3 March - 22 July 1984, no. 46-2, as: Interieur van de Nieuwe Kerk te Amsterdam.
    Luxembourg, Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art/‘s-Hertogenbosch, Het Noordbrabants Museum, A Romantic Journey, 3 April 2014-25 January 2015, no. 97 (9).
    Enkhuizen, Zuiderzeemuseum, Door het oog van Cornelis Springer (1817-1891): Een ontdekkingstocht langs de steden rondom de Zuiderzee, 12 December 2015 - 27 March 2016, no. 189.