Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jan Toorop

[Netherlands] (b 1858/d 1928)

Jean Theodoor Toorop was born on 20 December 1858 in Purworejo, Java, Dutch East Indies, to a Dutch-Indonesian father and a British mother. In 1869, he left Indonesia for the Netherlands, where he studied in Delft and Amsterdam. In 1880, he became a student at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. From 1882 to 1886, he lived in Brussels ; after his marriage to an Annie Hall, a British woman, in 1886, Toorop alternated his time between The Hague, England and Brussels, and after 1890 also the Dutch seaside town of Katwijk aan Zee. During this period he developed his own unique Symbolist style, with dynamic, unpredictable lines based on Javanese motifs, highly stylised willowy figures, and curvilinear designs.


Netherlands 1923 "Charity" (2,2,2) [Typo] Sc(B4,B5)

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