Willem Bartel van der KooiPiano Practice Interrupted

Piano Practice Interrupted

The Frisian painter Willem Bartel van der Kooi was a master at depicting children. The children in this painting are portrayed so playfully and naturally that the work resembles a snapshot. However, appearances are deceiving, for Van der Kooij carefully arranged the children to form a triangular composition. It is not known whether the painting is a portrait or an imaginary scene.


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Willem Bartel van der Kooi, 1768 - 1836, was a Dutch painter. Van der Kooi was a pupil of among others Johannes Verrier and Wessel Ruwersma . He became a lecturer of drawing art at the University of Franeker in 1798 , which he remained in the university until 1808 . Van der Kooi painted a large number of portraits .