The source of life by Lizzy Ansingh
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Lizzy Ansingh

The source of life 1916

CanvasPaintOil paint
40.50 ⨯ 50.50 cm

About the artwork

Oil on canvas
124.5 x 174 cm,
signed lower left and dated 1916

About the Artist

Lizzy Ansingh was a Dutch painter who was born in Utrecht on 13 March 1875. Her aunt Thérèse Schwartze gave Lizzy drawing-lessons and encouraged her niece to develop her artistic career. She introduced her to various painters, among others the Dutch painters George Hendrik Breitner, Piet Mondriaan and Simon Maris. Between 1894-1897 Lizzy studied at the Amsterdam Royal Academy of Visual Arts. There a lasting friendship was born between a group of female painters, later called the Amsterdamse Joffers: Lizzy Ansingh, Marie van Regteren Altena, Suze Bisschop-Robertson,Coba Ritsema, Ans van den Berg, Jacoba Surie, Nelly Bodenheim, Betsy Westendorp-Osieck and Jo Bauer-Stumpff. She was also a member of the Amsterdam art circles Arti et Amicitiae and Sint Lucas. She died in Amsterdam on 14 December 1959. Ansingh is known for her still-lifes, portraits, dolls, animals and cityscapes. Her work is included in The Hague Municipality Museum, Singer Museum Laren and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.