Tholen, W.B.Tholen, Willem Bastiaan Tholen born 1860-1931

Willem Bastiaan Tholen (b Amsterdam, 13 Feb 1860; d The Hague, 5 Dec 1931). Dutch painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He came from an artistic family, who lived in Kampen from 1864. There he developed at an early age a lasting love of the Zuiderzee. In Kampen he became friendly with the young Jan Voerman; they entered the Amsterdam academy together in 1876, where Tholen studied under August Alleb?. Subsequently he learnt technical drawing at the Polytechnische School in Delft until 1878. Thereafter he spent three months in the studio of Paulus Gabri?l in Brussels, from whom he received his first real instruction in painting. In the following years Gabri?l\'s advice was of particular importance for Tholen, as they worked together en plein air for many summers near Kampen and Giethoorn, among other places. In Gouda (1878-9) and Kampen (1880-85) he taught draughtsmanship in order to support himself but after 1885 concentrated entirely on his own work. From 1887 he lived in The Hague, where he became friendly with the painters of The Hague school. He took an active part in the artistic life of The Hague and was a member of the Pulchri Studio. In 1901 he had a boat built, in which he made trips over the next 15 years along the rivers of the Netherlands and the coast of the Zuiderzee.

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