Willem MARTENS (1856 – 1927)
Willem (Willy) MARTENS
(Dutch, born Semarang, Indonesia 1856 – died The Hague 1927)
“Dune Landscape with Young Farmers Maid and her Goats on a Sandy Path. In the Distant a Village View”
Signed lower right: ‘W.Martens’
Watercolour, 32 x 49 cm
Willy Martens was painter, draftsman and lithographer. Until 1924, he was also director of the Rijksmuseum H.W. Mesdag in The Hague. After his education at the Trade School, Martens followed his art study at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 1876 to 1880. Here he was the pupil of August Allebé and Barend Wijnveld. He also studied at the Cormon Academy in Paris in 1881 where he was a pupil of Fernand Cormon. Willy Martens became also lessons at the Leon Bonat’s studio. He lived and worked in Nanterre, Paris, Amsterdam, The Hague, Nunspeet, Scheveningen and Ermelo. He was Chairman at the Pulchri Studio in The Hague and a member of Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. Willy Martens painted landscapes and many portraits. He regularly portrayed the Dutch Royal Family.
Lit.: Dutch Art Lexicon P. Scheen, 1969, vol.2, page 19.
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