Jacoba Surie

1879 - 1970

About the artist

Jacoba Surie was a watercolorist, graphic artist, painter, draftsman and lithographer. She was born in Amsterdam in 1879. There, she went to the Teekenschool voor den Werkenden Stand (Drawing School) and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (National Academy of Fine Arts). She worked in Amsterdam and also in Italy and France. Surie painted mostly genre scenes, cityscapes, portraits and still lives. She was a member of the Amsterdamse Joffers, a group of female artists who studied together at the Rijksakademie, became friends and exhibited together. They painted in the late-impressionist style. Surie was a member of multiple art associations; the associations Ati et Amicitiae and Vereeniging Sint Lucas in Amsterdam, Pulchri Studio in The Hague, and Pictura Veluvensis. She was a pupil of Joseph Mendes da Costa and Coba Ritsema and later was the teacher of Bettine Flesseman. In 1913, she won the Willink van Collen Prize for her work and in 1929 received a golden medal from queen Wilhelmina. She died in Amsterdam at the age of ninety and her work is now part of the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Gemeentemuseum Helmond.