Oil on canvas: 70 x 59 cm
signed and dated ‘Martin/Monninckendam/1930’ (lower right);
signed and annotated twice ‘Martin Monninckendam Amsterdam’ (on the stretcher)
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Martin Monnickendam was a Dutch painter and draftsman. His Jewish parents were Nathan Meijer Monnickendam and Roosje Rippe. He trained from 1891 to 1893 at the National Academy of Visual Arts and was a student at the Felix Meritis drawing school, both in Amsterdam.
In 1904 Monnickendam became a member of the artists’ association Arti et Amicitiae, in 1905 of Sint Lucas and in 1916 of De Onhoudenen.
There was an honorary exhibition in 1924 in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in connection with his fiftieth birthday. On his sixtieth birthday in 1934, his friend Bernard Houthakker organized an exhibition for this purpose. In 1929 Monnickendam travelled to Italy and Venice where he must have been inspired to paint the current picture.
Monnickendam was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau in 1934.
He was about to be transported to one of the concentration camps when he died of pneumonia in 1943.