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Jan Bogaertsartist • painterDen Bosch 1878-1962 Wassenaar

biography of Johannes Jacobus Maria 'Jan' Bogaerts

Jan Bogaerts was born in 1878 in 's-Hertogenbosch. At a young age he lost his father and his grandfather; the latter was also a painter. As a child, Jan was more interested in music than painting. After he became the Rijks-H.B.S. - he was not very eager to learn - he enrolled at the Royal School for Useful and Visual Arts in 's-Hertogenbosch. His teachers were Piet Slager, the founder of the well-known family of painters, and the symbolist painter Antoon van Welie. Bogaerts also worked for four years in Van Welie's studio, which would have a great influence on Bogaert's early work.

After his Bossche academy days, Bogaerts left for Antwerp where, during his studies at the Academy, he became 'pensionnaire' of Queen Wilhelmina three times. After completing his studies in Antwerp, Bogaerts settled as a painter in his hometown. The subjects for his early work, which exudes a fairytale atmosphere, he finds mainly in romantic literature. However, this dreamy atmosphere did not catch on with the public and gradually, from the 1920s onwards, Bogaerts developed a very natural, realistic style that he applied in flower still lifes and still lifes with domestic objects. This distinguished himself from his contemporaries who, according to the fashion of the time, worked in a luminist, expressionist or magic-realistic style. Bogaerts was a master of material expression; he managed to portray the shine of glass and earthenware, reflective tin, fresh fruit, tomatoes, the shells of hard-boiled eggs in an inimitable way. His still lifes, with which he is seen as a forerunner of hyperrealism, are dreamy and still.

In 1905 Bogaerts settled with his wife Sofie de Meulemeester in Meerssen in Limburg and the following year in Teteringen near Breda, where they would live until 1918. In 1913 and 1914 he traveled to Luxembourg, where he painted castles near Echternach, and to Versailles, where he was impressed by the ponds and garden statues in the autumnal park and the Petit Trianon. After 1915 he continued to paint castles and gardens, but concentrated more and more on realistic still lifes. His later still lifes often contain religious objects such as rosaries and prayer books, and later also Eastern objects.

Jan Bogaerts was certainly a well-known painter in his day, but he did not really become famous among the general public. He did get publicity for his exhibitions, which were mainly held in art dealers in various places in the country and where his paintings were sold. From 1922, when Bogaerts lives in Wassenaar, he becomes more famous.

From the amount of work that remained in the possession of family after his death, it can be inferred that he certainly did not sell everything he made. Throughout his productive life, Bogaerts invariably painted with fine brushes in oil paint in living room format - his paintings were intended for the living room. His subjects, be they landscapes, castles, parks, still lifes or portraits, testified to peace and security, were never disgusting or inflammatory. Two world wars passed without leaving their traces in Bogaerts' work. He stuck to his subjects and style. In 1933, a Nijmegen critic expressed himself as follows in response to an exhibition: ``How is it possible that all the currents of time pass by him so smoothly?'' Yet there was also appreciation for his work, in the years 1915-1940. much written about him. Words such as 'romanticism, delicacy, melancholy, tenderness, warmth, splendor, precise distinction' are found in many articles about his work.

After 1935 it became quieter around Bogaerts. His work attracts less and less attention, and then only in a small circle. The modern movements did not affect him and Bogaerts always continued to pursue his own style. Today we appreciate his work again because it testifies to a time that would no longer be traceable without the objects he depicted in his paintings and because they show a technique that is no longer taught at academies. Moreover, Bogaerts has always remained faithful to his views and has developed to a surprising height in his still lifes.


previously for salepaintings by Jan Bogaerts


Jan Bogaerts | Still life with a green strainer, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 66.1 cm, signed u.l. and dated 1948

Jan Bogaerts

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Still life with a green strainer, 1948

Jan Bogaerts | Pink carnations, oil on canvas, 39.6 x 38.5 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1916

Jan Bogaerts

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Pink carnations, 1916

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with a balance, book and a carafe, oil on canvas, 36.0 x 42.9 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1944

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A still life with a balance, book and a carafe, 1944

Jan Bogaerts | Behind castle Maurik, Vught, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 33.4 x 37.9 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Bogaerts

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Behind castle Maurik, Vught

Jan Bogaerts | A still life, oil on canvas, 40.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1932

Jan Bogaerts

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A still life, 1932

Jan Bogaerts | Still life with cherries and stoneware can, oil on canvas, 35.3 x 46.0 cm, signed u.l. and dated 1937

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Still life with cherries and stoneware can, 1937

Jan Bogaerts | Bridge in the garden of Versailles, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 60.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1915

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Bridge in the garden of Versailles, 1915

Jan Bogaerts | A pond at Versailles, oil on canvas, 60.4 x 50.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1914

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A pond at Versailles, 1914

Jan Bogaerts | Zinnia in a glaced pot, oil on canvas, 40.4 x 45.3 cm, signed u.l. and painted 1937

Jan Bogaerts

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Zinnia in a glaced pot, 1937

Jan Bogaerts | A still life, oil on canvas, 31.6 x 27.7 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1936

Jan Bogaerts

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A still life, 1936

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with strawberries on earthenware plate, oil on canvas, 27.1 x 41.4 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1929

Jan Bogaerts

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A still life with strawberries on earthenware plate, 1929

Jan Bogaerts | Bridge in the Geuldal, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 46.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1912

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Bridge in the Geuldal, 1912

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with cherries, oil on canvas, 32.0 x 50.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1931

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A still life with cherries, 1931

Jan Bogaerts | Pink roses in a vase, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 50.4 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1912

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Pink roses in a vase, 1912

Jan Bogaerts | Cornflowers in a stoneware vase, oil on canvas, 55.0 x 35.4 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1921

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Cornflowers in a stoneware vase, 1921

Jan Bogaerts | Near the garden fence, oil on canvas, 32.2 x 23.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1909

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Near the garden fence, 1909

Jan Bogaerts | A park bench, oil on canvas, 38.3 x 30.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1915

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A park bench, 1915

Jan Bogaerts | The city wall of 's-Hertogenbosch, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 70.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1925

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The city wall of 's-Hertogenbosch, 1925

Jan Bogaerts | A country estate, Croissy-sur-Seine, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 60.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1927

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A country estate, Croissy-sur-Seine, 1927

Jan Bogaerts | White carnations in a glass vase, oil on canvas, 35.2 x 30.2 cm, signed u.l. and dated 1936

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White carnations in a glass vase, 1936

Jan Bogaerts | A view of a house, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1934

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A view of a house, 1934

Jan Bogaerts | Vase with akelei, oil on canvas, 41.3 x 27.5 cm, signed u.r. and painted 1929

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Vase with akelei, 1929

Jan Bogaerts | A bouquet of sweet William, oil on canvas, 32.5 x 55.4 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1921

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A bouquet of sweet William, 1921

Jan Bogaerts | A sunflower in a decorated vase, oil on canvas, 47.0 x 38.0 cm, signed l.r.

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A sunflower in a decorated vase

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with apples, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 45.5 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1945

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A still life with apples, 1945

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with oranges, oil on canvas, 32.4 x 55.2 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1922

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A still life with oranges, 1922

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with abricots, lemons and a pineapple, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 61.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1911

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A still life with abricots, lemons and a pineapple, 1911

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with eggs and a pewter dish, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 50.4 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1930

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A still life with eggs and a pewter dish, 1930

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with strainer, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 50.2 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1941

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A still life with strainer, 1941

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with eggs, oil on canvas, 39.9 x 65.1 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1933

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A still life with eggs, 1933

Jan Bogaerts | Monastery, Echternach, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 65.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1936

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Monastery, Echternach, 1936

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with roses in a glass vase, oil on canvas, 40.0 x 30.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1927

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A still life with roses in a glass vase, 1927

Jan Bogaerts | A flower still life, oil on canvas, 55.2 x 50.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1929

Jan Bogaerts

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A flower still life, 1929

Jan Bogaerts | A country estate, oil on canvas, 70.0 x 100.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1929

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A country estate, 1929

Jan Bogaerts | A lady reading in a library, oil on canvas, 45.4 x 32.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1907

Jan Bogaerts

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A lady reading in a library, 1907

Jan Bogaerts | Still life with apples, oil on canvas, 25.5 x 40.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1921

Jan Bogaerts

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Still life with apples, 1921

Jan Bogaerts | Snow-berries in a vase, oil on canvas, 35.0 x 40.5 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1934

Jan Bogaerts

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Snow-berries in a vase, 1934

Jan Bogaerts | Still life with a coral necklace and jewellery box, oil on canvas, 30.0 x 40.0 cm, signed u.l. and dated 1942

Jan Bogaerts

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Still life with a coral necklace and jewellery box, 1942


for salepaintings by Jan Bogaerts


Jan Bogaerts |   Castle with drawbridge at night, oil on canvas, 45.4 x 60.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1924

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Castle with drawbridge at night

Jan Bogaerts | Autumn asters in a vase, oil on canvas, 61.9 x 50.2 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1906

Jan Bogaerts

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Autumn asters in a vase, 1906

Jan Bogaerts | Garden wall with a gate, oil on canvas, 35.1 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1916

Jan Bogaerts

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Garden wall with a gate, 1916

Jan Bogaerts | Pink carnations, oil on canvas, 39.6 x 38.5 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1916

Jan Bogaerts

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Pink carnations, 1916

Jan Bogaerts | Eveningh twilight in Mategna near Merano, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 50.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1931

Jan Bogaerts

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Eveningh twilight in Mategna near Merano, 1931

Jan Bogaerts | A still life with Wisteria and a miniature portrait, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 55.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1917

Jan Bogaerts

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A still life with Wisteria and a miniature portrait, 1917

Jan Bogaerts | A view of the entry of a country house, oil on canvas, 40.4 x 60.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1904

Jan Bogaerts

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A view of the entry of a country house, 1904

Jan Bogaerts | A glass jar with blue starch, oil on canvas, 36.0 x 32.9 cm, signed u.c. and dated 1937

Jan Bogaerts

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A glass jar with blue starch, 1937

Jan Bogaerts | Autumn at Versailles park, oil on canvas, 65.4 x 55.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1913

Jan Bogaerts

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Autumn at Versailles park, 1913

Jan Bogaerts | Still life with blue bottle and jars, oil on canvas, 34.7 x 45.4 cm, signed u.l. and dated 1943

Jan Bogaerts

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Still life with blue bottle and jars, 1943


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