Willem Alexander Knip – views of Amsterdam
Wilhelm Alexander Knip (Amsterdam, January 31, 1883 – Blaricum, October 28, 1967) was a Dutch painter and draftsman. He is also mentioned as Willem Alexander Knip and signed his work as W.A. Knip.
Knip was a son of the Baden-born swimming teacher Wilhelm Alexander Knip and the Amsterdam Christina Jacoba Schultz. He was trained at the Arts and Crafts School Quellinus (1897-1900) at Jan Visser jr. And the Arts and Crafts School in Haarlem with Chris Lebeau. In 1901-1902 he studied at a private academy in Paris. He later taught himself to Adri and Gretha Pieck and J.R.T. Philippi.
He settled in the painters’ village of Laren in 1905 and lived and worked in France, Italy and Spain for some time in the 1920s. From 1934 he lived in Blaricum. Knip is seen as one of the larger painters of the Laren School. He painted, water-colored and with pastel chalk he mainly drew port and city views and landscapes. He was a member of Arti et Amicitiae, the artists’ association Sint Lucas and the Gooische Schildersvereniging. He exhibited several times and won the Sint-Lucas Prize (1942) and the Arti Medal (1953). His work has been included in the collections of, among others, the Van Abbemuseum and the Singer Museum.
Knip died in Blaricum, at the age of 84.