|A Wintry View Of The Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam, Willem Witsen|
|Amsterdam in Winter, Willem Witsen|
|The face in the center is a self-portrait drawing.|
|A View Of The Leidsegracht, Amsterdam, Willem Witsen.|
He seems to have had a liking for bridges.
|An untitled (at least insofar as I could discover) |
oil painting by Willem Witsen.
|Jew's Wood Garden, Willem Witsen. Is it an aquatint, a photograph, or a painting? With Witsen, it's difficult to decide.|
Aquatint is an intaglio printmaking technique, a variant of etching. Like etching, aquatint uses the application of a acid to etch into the metal plate. Where the engraving technique uses a needle to make lines that print in black (or whatever color ink is used), aquatint uses powdered rosin to create a tonal effect. The rosin is adhered to the plate by controlled heating and then acid etched. The tonal variations are controlled by the level of acid exposure and thus the image is shaped in large sections at a time. Mezzotint, begins with a plate surface that is evenly indented so that it will carry a fairly dark tone of ink. The mezzotint plate is then smoothed and polished to make some areas carry less ink and thus print a lighter shade. Alternatively, beginning with a smooth plate, areas are roughened to make them darker. Occasionally these two techniques are combined as in some of Witsen's images.
|The upper image appears to be an aquatint, while the lower image has the attributes of a mezzotint.|
|Atelierwoning Studio house in Amsterdam, at Oosterpark 82.|
|Fair Gate, 1911, Willem Witsen. In the aftermath of WW II bombing, few, if any, of these building remain today.|
|A charming little |
Portrait of W.K.F. Engelbrecht,
1913, Willem Witsen, one of his few.