About the Artist
Antoon van Welie (1866, Druten – 1956, The Hague), also spelt Antoon van Wely, was a Dutch painter, wall painter, draughtsman, illustrator, book illustrator. He took drawing lessons from C.J. Grips (2 years) and J.Th. Stracké in Den Bosch. He studied under Ch. Verlat, P. van Havermaet and P. van der Ouderaa at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His subjects are amongst others portraits (of artists, famous writers, royals, aristocrats, diplomats, etc.), biblical scenes, figures, genre paintings. He worked in a symbolistic, luministic, cubistic and post-impressionist style. He lived and worked in The Hague, Vught, Den Bosch, Antwerp, France, Italy, Munich, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Greece, Turkey, Gibraltar, Vienna, Rome, The Hague, London, New York. In 1887, he received a Royal Scholarship from King William III for study tours to France (Paris, Nice, Cannes, Monte-Carlo), Italy (Naples, Rome, Florence, Padua, Bologna, Venice) and Germany (Munich). In 1905 he had a studio at the Vatican for 9 months. From 1949 to 1956 he lived in The Hague (Laan Copes van Cattenburgh, 29). In 2003, Museum Mesdag and Louis Couperus Museum organised a double exposition of Antoon Welie’s works. In 2007, there was a retrospective of his work in Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen.