The Hague, 10 June 1863 - De Steeg (Rheden), 16 June 1923
December 1893 - February 1894, again in 1895-1896, 1906, 1910-1911.
Address in Rome:
Pension Hallier (Via della Fontanella di Borghese), Hotel du Sud (Via Lombardia), Pension Castellani-Stelzer (Via Sistina 79)
Louis Marie-Anne Couperus was the most important Dutch novelist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His versatile writing and impressionist style have been immensely influential in the development of modern Dutch literature.
Born in The Hague into a wealthy patrician family, Couperus spent part of his youth in the Dutch East Indies. He first moved to Rome in 1893, and would return to the city numerous times, spending long periods contemplating and writing about Rome's past and present. Many of his historical novels and travel essays bear witness to his continuous dialogue with the Eternal City.
In Rome he lived in various places. He stayed at the Hotel Du Sud, Via Lombardia during his first visits between 1893-1904. In 1906 he rented a room at the Pension Castellani- Stelzer, Via Sistina 79, and in the period of December 1910 and January 1911he lived at the Pension Hallier, Via della Fontanella di Borghese. In one of his letters Couperus wrote about the view he had upon the Via del Corso, seen from this latter accomodation.
During his time in Rome, Couperus was in contact with other Dutch artists and writers, such as Pier Pander, whom he would visit frequently in his atelier at the Via de Nomentana. (AW/SB)
Portrait of Louis Couperus in Laren, 1917 Photograph