Paulus van Liender

Paulus van Liender

An animated river landscape

Paulus van Liender was born in 1731 in Utrecht. He was trained by the draughtsman and painter Cornelis Pronk, who specialized in topographical drawings. Later he was taught by his uncle, Jacob van Liender. He was primarily a draughtsman, specializing in watercolors and drawings in pen and ink as well as etchings, although he also produced some paintings and wall decorations. Van Liender taught drawing at the Haarlem Academy, where he was also a member of the board. In 1774 he was listed as so-called ‘Steller van het Model’ (‘He who gets to position the Model’) and treasurer of the Academy. In addition to being an artist, Paulus van Liender was also active as a wood merchant.

Van Liender mostly produced landscapes and topographical drawings, of which the current small-sized work is a particularly fine example.

Artist: Paulus van Liender (Utrecht 1731 - 1797 Haarlem)
Medium: brown ink and wash on laid paper
Dimensions: 45 x 72 mm
Signed: 'Paulus van Liender 1780', on the back