08.11.1884 (The Hague, The Netherlands) - 14.02.1962 (Den Bosch, The Netherlands)
Jan Willem Hendrik Witjens, mostly known as ‘Willem’ Witjens, was born in The Hague on November 8th, 1884. At the age of 13 he was an apprentice in the workshop E.W.F. Kerling Jr. (1860-1923), where he was initially trained as a stained-glass artist. However, some time later he would receive artistic training at the Academy of Art in The Hague, where he developed his skills as an artist. Witjens was a painter, draughtsman, watercolourist, printmaker and lithographer. The subject matter varies from nudes and still lifes to landscapes and town views. He is especially known for his winter scenes. In 1815, at the age of 31, Witjens received a Royal Painting Allowance of three years, given by the Dutch Queen. This price, which was established to encourage young artists under 35 years of age, still exists today and consists of an amount of € 6000. Witjens was an active painter with a social life. He was a member of the artist’s society Pulchri Studio in The Hague and Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. He also visited America, Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Witjens passed away in Den Bosch in 1962 at 77 years of age.