Church interior by Emanuel de Witte

Church interior by Emanuel de Witte

The many-sided talent of Ema-Nuel de Witt was manifested in various areas of his work. The artist painted pictures on mythological and everyday subjects, landscapes, portraits, but he became most famous as a master in depicting church interiors and crowded market areas, markets in ports.

Here, elements of everyday genre, still life and landscape merge into one. E. de Witte was born in Alkmaar in the family of a schoolteacher, studied painting, presumably in Delft, was a member of the Guild of Painters in Rotterdam, Delft and Amsterdam.

The architectural theme entered Witt’s work in the 1650s. The interiors depicted by the artist are filled with a poetic sense of a sense of space and light. Consistent in a strict color, based on color shades, a game of light and color, they recreate an organic picture of the unity of the architectural space and man.

Witt’s works were not used by contemporaries. The artist was forced to sell them for a pittance, constantly in debt, in bondage to innkeepers and homeowners. On a winter night, driven out by the owner to the street, E. de Witte finished with himself. Other well-known produced “Interior with a woman at the harpsichord”. OK. 1668. Boymans E Beningen Museum, Rotterdam; “The market port.” OK. 1668. The Pushkin Museum. And Pushkin, Moscow.

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