Willem Witsen prints for sale

Dutch, 1860-1923

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A Gondola Comes into the Grand Canal, Venice (Gondel komt aanvaren in het Canale Grande, Venetië) -  WITSEN

A Gondola Comes into the Grand Canal, Venice (Gondel komt aanvaren in het Canale Grande, Venetië)
Etching and aquatint, circa 1914-1919, de Groot 178, edition probably about 100. 13 1/2 x 16 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is quite good apart from a couple of small stains and subtle handling creases in the margins. Witsen, like Whistler and many other artists, was fascinated by Venice and produced many prints and drawings based on his observations. His etchings were published by Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam.
$1,400

Damrak I -  WITSEN

Damrak I
Etching and aquatint, 1905-06, De Groot 118 (vi/VI), Boon 112, van Wisselingh 444; edition about 95 plus 20 artists proofs. 15 3/4 x 19 5/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right, and numbered in pencil, lower left. Here we have a rich, moody, atmospheric impression which is so typical of Witsen's work. (His paintings, too, tend to be somewhat somber.) The paper is a heavy laid without a watermark. The margins are full and the condition is fine. Witsen did four views of Damrak during this 1905-06 period. Today the Damrak is a partially filled in canal between Centraal Station and Dam Square.
$2,200

Grain Mill, Wijk bij Duurstede -  WITSEN

Grain Mill, Wijk bij Duurstede
Etching and aquatint, circa 1908, DeGroot 134 (iii/III), edition 95. 12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. A unique touched proof of this print is illustrated and discussed on pages 174-175 of Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau (2014) by Cliff Ackley.
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Grand Canal, Venice (Gondel komt aanvaren in het Canale Grande) -  WITSEN

Grand Canal, Venice (Gondel komt aanvaren in het Canale Grande)
Etching and aquatint, 1914-1919, de Groot 178; edition about 100 plus proofs. 13 1/2 x 15 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression of an outstanding Venice print by the artist. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. The condition is excellent. Witsen, like Whistler and many others, was fascinated by this city and produced many prints and drawings based on his observations. His work was quite popular at the time and his publisher over the years was E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam.
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Halvemaansteeg (Amsterdam) -  WITSEN

Halvemaansteeg (Amsterdam)
Etching and aquatint, 1907-09, De Groot 127, van Wisselingh 453; edition probably 100. 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine, atmospheric impression. The margins are somewhat narrow and there's a small, skillfully repaired tear in the upper right corner margin not affecting the image. Witsen specialized in these compelling, beautifully rendered views of Amsterdam and other Dutch cities. His work was popular at the time and his publisher was E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam. Witsen was also a gifted painter and photographer.
$1,400

Oudezijds Achterburgwal, twee deuren in het midden (...two doors in the middle) -  WITSEN

Oudezijds Achterburgwal, twee deuren in het midden (...two doors in the middle)
Etching and aquatint, circa 1905-1906, de Groot 115 (iv or v of V); twenty proofs and a numbered edition of 95. 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This stellar work is from Witsen's series of Amsterdam views which date from the period beginning in 1901 until 1907. He had produced a series of views of Dordrecht just before these. In discussing a similar Dordrecht view, Cliff Ackley states, "The close cropping and careful parallel alignment of pictorial elements with the picture plane give the Witsen strong abstract overtones, looking ahead a couple of decades to the right-angle geometries of Mondrian's purely abstract works." (See pages 178-179 of Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau (2014).
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The Rialto, Venice -  WITSEN

The Rialto, Venice
Etching, 1921, edition thirty. Van Wisselingh 504, Boon 189. 10 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. A fine, luminous impression on japan paper. Wide margins. Fine condition.
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Voorstraatshaven VII, Dordrecht IX -  WITSEN

Voorstraatshaven VII, Dordrecht IX
Etching and aquatint, circa 1898-1900, de Groot 99a, edition unknown. 7 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression printed on off-white wove paper. Fine condition. Probably the full margins. In addition to Witsen's many views of Amsterdam, he also did prints of Dordrecht, Rotterdam, London, Venice and even San Francisco.
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