Oude Laan van Meerdervoort, Den Haag by Jan Toorop
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Oude Laan van Meerdervoort, Den Haag 1882

Jan Toorop

CanvasOil paintPaint
42 ⨯ 50 cm
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About the artwork

Oil on canvas
42 x 50 cm.
Signed: lower right ‘JToorop’

Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands.

Exhibited: Amsterdam 12-30 april 1904, W.J. Wisselingh& Co: Schilderijen, aquarellen, etc. ''Akkeringa en Toorop'; The Hague, Haagsche Kunstkring 1916; Rotterdam 1942-1943 Museum Boijmans 23 dec-1 febr 1943 Kersttentoonstelling: particuliere verzamelingen.

Literature: Amsterdam 12-30 april 1904, W.J. Wisselingh& Co: Schilderijen, aquarellen, etc. ''Akkeringa en Toorop', nr 40.'; Siebelhoff, p8003; William Rothuizen, Jan Toorop in zijn tijd (1858-1928), Boxhoorn 1998, P. 1, Groene Amsterdammer, 18 nov. 1916.

In his early career, in 1882 he painted Oude Laan van Meerdervoort. It is the longest street and called the canal belt of The Hague. Toorop lived on different addresses in The Hague.

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Jan (Johann Theodorus) Toorop was born on the isle of Java, Poerworedjo, in the year 1858. In 1869 his family moved to The Netherlands, where they believed Toorop could obtain better education. After a childhood of poor concentration and poor grades, Toorop applied to the Academy of Arts in Amsterdam, focussing mostly on sculpture and applied arts.

In 1882 Toorop left for the city of Bruxelles, where he gained popularity as a member of the group Les Vingt, a group of twenty artists who would exhibit their work twice a year in February and March.

Jan Toorop, together with Van Gogh and Mondriaan, belongs to the group of most important Dutch artists from the period around 1900. These major artists had their focus on new, international developments in art and inspired other artists themselves. Toorop can be seen as a great source of inspiration of Gustave Klimt.

Toorop's work knows an immense popularity and is often associated with Art Nouveau, mainly because of one well-known advertisement for a certain kind of salad oil. However, Toorop's oeuvre should not be seen as Art Nouveau only. He was known as a neo-impressionist and symbolist as well, switching between styles of working and combining them in response to his environment.

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