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Director's Choice: Willem Koekkoek

Director's Choice: Willem Koekkoek

4 February 2021

 

WILLEM KOEKKOEK
Amsterdam 1839 – 1895 Nieuwer-Amstel (Amstelveen)

A busy street in a Dutch town

Signed lower right: W Koekkoek
Oil on canvas: 33 x 48 ¾ in / 83.8 x 123.8 cm
Frame size: 40 ¾ x 56 ¼ in / 103.5 x 142.9 cm
Painted circa 1880s

 

A busy street in a Dutch town is a quintessential example of Willem Koekkoek’s work in the 1880s, impressive in its scale and in the wealth and intricacy of its architectural detail. Perfectly capturing the vitality of a bustling town, every aspect of the composition, each individual brick, pane of glass and leaf is rendered with an exquisite attention to detail and the play of light and shade.

Read more about this painting here.