Kees Verwey, 95, the last of the...


Kees Verwey, 95, the last of the major Dutch impressionist painters, died Sunday at his home in the northwestern Dutch city of Haarlem after a short illness, Dutch newspapers reported yesterday.

Known for his watercolors, he excelled in the school of painting that arrived in the Netherlands decades after its inception in France in the late 19th century.

"He is the last of the great tradition of Dutch impressionist artists. He had an oversight of a century of Dutch art," said Derrick Snoep, director of Haarlem's Frans Hals Museum, which is exhibiting a collection of Mr. Verwey's portraits.

Born in Amsterdam in 1900, Mr. Verwey was a nephew of the poet and writer Albert Verwey, and of the prominent architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Trained in the classic Dutch tradition of Johannes Vermeer, Mr. Verwey maintained close ties with the Dutch cultural scene throughout his life, painting portraits of well-known composers, writers and even former Queen Juliana. Mr. Verwey produced up to 1,500 paintings and 5,000 watercolors.

Judge Dudley B. Bonsal, 88, who served on the bench of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan from 1961 to 1992, died Saturday in Bedford, N.Y. The cause of death was not available. He was president of the New York City Bar Association from 1958 to 1960 and became a senior judge in 1976.

William E. Woolfenden, 77, former director of the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art, died Wednesday of respiratory failure in New Haven, Conn. He was named the archives' assistant director in 1960 and went on to become its first full-time director. During his 19 years in the job, he built the world's largest archives of American art, with more than 10 million documents.

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