BISSCHOP C. (CHRISTOFFEL)

1828 Leeuwarden – 1904 Scheveningen BISSCHOP C. (CHRISTOFFEL) 1828 Leeuwarden – 1904 Scheveningen Christoffel Bisschop was born in Leeuwarden, the capital of the northern province of Friesland, as the son of a tradesman. It was in The Hague at the Royal Academy of Arts that Bisschop received his formal artistic education.  After a stay in Paris, he returned to The Hague to settle as an artist. His work is versatile in his variety of subjects: mythology, portraits, still lives, genre pieces and interiors. Paintings of interiors depicting furniture decorated in the Hindelopen folk art tradition ultimately became his most popular work where his love for detail is most evident. In 1869 he married his pupil and fellow artist the British Kate Swift, best known as Kate Bisschop Swift. Both became prominent members of the artistic society in its heydays in the second half of the 19th century. Bisschops work can be found in many museums collection in The Netherlands and abroad. The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden owns the famous Bisschop-rooms with the complete studio, decorated by the couple Bisschop Swift having donated their collection to the museum.      

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