Moonlight Night. View on Montreux with the Château de Chilloin by Jan Sluijters
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Jan Sluijters

Moonlight Night. View on Montreux with the Château de Chilloin 1954

CanvasPaintOil paint
46 ⨯ 78 cm

About the artwork

Most probably Jan Sluijters made this painting "View on Montreux and the Chateau Chillon by Night" after the view of his hotelroom. His working method is quick, he gives a striking impression of the movements of the clouds passing by the moon. The town Montreux and the Chateau Chillon appear in the background of the painting by means of cleverly placed light accents. Also striking is the constrast between the dark background, the balcony with the red table and moreover the intimate view in the bedroom.

About the Artist

Jan Sluijters was born in Den Bosch in 1881. He was the son of Gijsbertus Antonius Sluijters.
Jan Sluijters himself had three children called Jan Sluijters (jr.), Lous Sluijters and Eliza Sluijters together with M.F. van Cooten. His son-in-laws were Jacob Kuijper and Kuno Brinks.
His paintings feature nude studies, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.

Jan Sluijters, together with Piet Mondriaan and Leo Gestel, stands out as one of the truly pioneering Dutch modern artists. In his early years, Sluijters experimented with many different styles. After his visits to Paris his style became more expressive and belonged more to Cubism and Futurism.
A particularly important part of his oeuvre are his luministic landscapes dating from his early period. After his expressionistic period in the small village of Staphorst in 1916, Sluijters began painting realistic portraits and nudes.

A number of streets are named after him in the Netherlands, including one in the neighborhood of streets named after 19th and 20th century Dutch painters in Overtoomse Veld-Noord, Amsterdam.

Jan Sluijters died in Amsterdam in 1957.