Abraham van Strij I
(Dordrecht 1753 – 1826)
Interieur met Doorkyk op Binnenplaats, Dordrecht (Interior with a View on the Courtyard, Dordrecht)
Signed and dated 1821 lower right
Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 58.2 cm
– Auction Van Marle & Bignell, The Hague, 5 March 1968, lot 267
– Private collection, the Netherlands
Abraham van Strij I, son of the Dordrecht painter and draftsman Leendert van Strij and Catharina Smak, received his first training as a painter from his father. Thereafter Abraham was taught by Joris Ponse and studied for some time at the Antwerp painters academy. In Dordrecht he was the co-founder of the Teekengenootschap Pictura. Like his father, Abraham was initially a decorative painter of wall panels, an art form that he also practiced together with his brother Jacob. Beside portraits and landscape paintings, Abraham was mainly known for his interiors. This particular painting is reminiscent of the work of Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684), whose oeuvre consists mainly of paintings of domestic scenes showing astute observation of the mundane details of everyday life. A similar work can be found in the collection of the Dordrechts Museum.