Vreedenburgh was born in 1880 in Woerden. A largely self-taught painter, he is known primarily for his landscapes, water and city scenes, in particular his depictions of Amsterdam’s canals. He produced much of his work in Zuid Holland with its many lakes. He lived between 1906 until 1912 in Reeuwijk, Warmond and Noorden.
A Townscene With Children At Play Haarlem
A Peasant Woman On A Path Along A Canal
A Peasant in a Moored Barge
Oil on panel
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Winterfun On De Loswal Hattem
Around 1880, the farming and weaving village of Laren, east of Amsterdam, became popular with artists. Their favourite motifs were farmhouse interiors and the heath, for which Anton Mauve, in particular, is especially noted. After 1900 modern painters as Piet Mondrian moved to the village. Among the foreign painters was the American William H. Singer Jr. who settled in Laren with his wife Anna in 1902. Anna Singer founded in 1956 Singer Laren museum and theatre, and donated their collection of international works of art to the museum. The artists colony flourished until the later 1920s. Today, Laren is a charming modern, yet historical village with many shops, restaurants and Singer Laren. The history of the artists can be found in the museum collection and in the old artists villas and studios. Several modern artists live and work in Laren.
During the early years of his career, Cornelis Vreedenburgh regularly visited the interior lakes and broad rivers of the Netherlands with Tholen. Vreedenburgh found the outstretched skies and open lakes an ideal place for painting reflections on the water and for capturing stark contrasts. He produced a number of small, charming water scenes during these years and was able to develop his own personal style.
After Vreedenburgh’s marriage to the painter M. Schotel, they settled in Laren. He went on to enjoy a prosperous career and a relative amount of recognition. In 1920, he had the honor of escorting Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands around various painters’ studios in the Netherlands. Queen Wilhelmina also bought two paintings from him in 1937.
A view of the Montelbaanstoren Amsterdam
Oil on canvas
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The Flower market
On The Singel Amsterdam With The Munttoren Beyond
Canal Scene, above, is a charming landscape of a country house along a canal. On the opposite bank of the canal, the grassy bank flows gently into the horizon and distant townscape. Set between the docked boat and the house, a tree’s long feathery branches stretch up into the blue sky and billowing clouds. The clear, even light of the day fills the composition with a quiet calm as the occupant of the house goes about her household chores in the foreground. Vreedenburgh deftly portrays the subtle interplay of light and color as seen in the reflections on the water. He masterfully brings the soft palette and the harmony of patterns of light and shadow together in a rendering of serene tranquility and timeless beauty.
Vreedenburgh was a member of the artists association, Arti et Amicitae, St. Lucas and the Pulchri Studio. At his first exhibition with Arti, he received the Willem van Colleen prize, and while exhibiting with Pulchri, he received a three-year royal subsidiary and was congratulated by Maris himself. In the San Francisco exhibition, he won the silver medal, and in Arnhem, the bronze. Vreedenburgh died in 1946 right before his 66th birthday, and is buried at St. Janskerkhof in Laren.