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A View Of Oudewater With Horsemen And Townspeople On The Korte Havenstraat, The Marktbrug In The Distance

By Cornelis Springer (1817-1891)
Signed and dated  ‘C Springer 83’ (lower right)
Size: 48.5 x 62.7 centimetres (19.09 x 24.69 inches)
Estimated Price: €100,000-150,000

Cornelis Springer (1817-1891) is known for his large depictions of characteristic buildings in Dutch cities, rendering topographical locations in an evocative manner. These works were very influential in the 19th century.

Having grown up in a family of building contractors in Amsterdam, Springer had a solid knowledge of architectural drawing and these imagined views of richly decorated 17th century façades, churches and town halls display the combination of his structural understanding with his painterly skills. These picturesque scenes, bathed in bright sunlight, make full use of the potential power of light and shade.

This painting, which depicts the attractive town of Oudewater, with a view of the Marktbrug, exemplifies these techniques whilst conjuring an image of the Golden Age of the Netherlands. Springer combines topographical accuracy with figures dressed in 17th century costumes. Sunlight plays an essential role in this painting, illuminating the historical gables and executed masonry and the figures in the foreground.