The work of the Belgian artist painter Henricus Paulus Emilius Victor Cassiers (1858-1944) created in The Netherlands in the period from around 1895 to 1910 provides an interesting and distinct view of Holland in about 1900.
In 1994 Dutch photographer Olaf Klijn published a small book with the most attractive images Henri Cassiers made in Holland which in the meantime sold out. With this new revised high quality version the book “Holland anno 1900” with 50 photographs and texts in Dutch and English has become available again.
Henri Cassiers was adept in a variety of techniques including graphic art, crayon, etchings, lithographs, water color, gouache and oils. His favorite medium was water color and he was to become president of the Société Royale Belge des Aquarellistes.
As illustrator he created numerous designs for posters, book illustrations, postcards and menu cards. Cassiers exuded a cheerful, optimistic approach to life and was a technically skilful painter who placed the accent on the picturesque. His style was figurative and illustrative while his themes often featured country life, village and city views, fishermen, boats and traditional dress.