BISSCHOP, C. ( CHRISTOFFEL)
1828 Leeuwarden – 1904 Scheveningen
Christoffel Bisschop was born in the Dutch northern province of Friesland. Although his formal artistic education took place in the Hague and Paris, his Frisian background is often visible in his work. Very versatile in his subjects, e.g. mythological scenes, portraits, still lives and Frisian interiors, he ultimately specialized in daily life in Dutch interiors. Very often depicting the famous Dutch folk-art from the Frisian town of Hindeloopen. In 1861 he was honoured for his work with a gold medal. In 1868 he married his London born pupil the artist Kate Swift who became famous under the name of Kate Bisschop Swift. The couple moved around between Leeuwarden (Friesland) and The Hague to finally settling down in villa “Frisia”in Scheveningen. Both were active members of the Dutch artistic society.
Christoffel Bisschop’s work is represented in most of Hollands larger museums and collections. In 2010 the Fries Museum launched an exhibition of Jurres, Alma Tadema en Bisschop. All Frisian born painters with international reputations.