In the 1850's, Katwijk was home to the painter Jozef Israels. However, the artists' colony did not reach its peak until 1880, which lasted until 1910. The hard, unspoiled and intensive fishermen's life was a great source of inspiration from artists from all over the world. After the period of Romanticism, most painters applied a realistic or naturalistic style until a new generation stood up and brought a trace of Modernism to the village.
Katwijk meant place of work for Bernard Blommers and Jan Zoetelief Tromp, Dutch painters from The Hague School, and for the German painters Max Liebermann and Hans von Bartels. And many others of course. The charismatic and committed artist Jan Toorop lived in the fishermen's village from 1890 until 1892 and from 1899 until 1902. His works of art consist of paintings and drawings in the pointillist and symbolic style.
Katwijks Museum, located on Voorstraat, has many paintings on display from this period, as well as model ships used by fishermen over the centuries. Take a stroll down memory lane in the shipowner's room. The variety of traditional costumes complete the picture of this period.
Both the Roman period and the Middle Ages are represented at the museum, that houses a wealth of maps, e.g., the Peutingerkaart, which was used by the Romans and printed between 1618 and 1624. The museum's exhibitions change several times a year. For more information, please visit : www.katwijksmuseum.nl.
DunaAtelier, located on the Boulevard, displays the works of 15 ‘plein air’ painters every summer. Stichting Kunstvereeniging Katwijk invites them to come and paint for a week and the result of their efforts is certainly worth admiring. DunaAtelier also displays the works of professional and amateur artists throughout the year. For information on their exhibitions, please visit: www.schilderenaanzee.nl.