Cornelis Springer (1817-1891) has been called the “greatest painter among the architects, and the greatest architect among the painters”. Even though his career began and ended with painting landscapes, he was mostly famous for his cityscapes. In an era where cities were undergoing many changes, Springer depicted his romanticized vision of the streets, houses and the Dutch people. Springer traveled throughout the Netherlands to document the various cities including Haarlem.
Springer was trained by Jacobus van der Stok (1795-1864), Hendrik Gerrit ten Cate (1803-1856) and Kaspar Karsen (1810-1896) and received lessons in architectural drawing and perspective from his brother Hendrik Springer (1805-1867).
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