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Jan van Essenartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanAmsterdam 1854-1936 Scherpenzeel

biography of Johannes Cornelis 'Jan' van Essen

Jan van Essen is the most famous Dutch animal painter from the second half of the nineteenth century. Initially he painted landscapes and cityscapes, but under the influence of the English animal painter J. Swan he also started to focus on animals from 1885. He made many studies of birds and lions in the Amsterdam Artis zoo. He has never lacked appreciation, as his work has been awarded at exhibitions in Amsterdam, Germany, France and Australia. Van Essen learned the painting profession from Johan Conrad Greive (1837 - 1891), painter of river and city views. He also worked for a short time in the studio of the genre painter Hendrik Valkenburg (1826 - 1896). After 1890 he also painted hunting scenes.


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Jan van Essen


Jan van Essen | A shepherd with his flock, oil on copper, 20.0 x 16.0 cm, signed l.l.

Jan van Essen

painting • previously for sale

A shepherd with his flock

Jan van Essen | White swans, oil on canvas, 83.3 x 104.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1908

Jan van Essen

painting • previously for sale

White swans

Jan van Essen | A setter with a pheasant, oil on canvas, 62.3 x 95.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1919

Jan van Essen

painting • previously for sale

A setter with a pheasant

Jan van Essen | The old cricket ground behind the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 17.6 x 26.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1891

Jan van Essen

painting • previously for sale

The old cricket ground behind the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Jan van Essen | A polder landscape with grazing cows, oil on canvas, 17.3 x 29.0 cm, signed l.l.

Jan van Essen

painting • previously for sale

A polder landscape with grazing cows

Jan van Essen | Head of a lion, watercolour on paper, 20.0 x 27.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated ca. 1896

Jan van Essen

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Head of a lion


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Jan van Essen


Jan van Essen | Tiger in Artis zoo, watercolour on paper, 25.5 x 20.9 cm, signed u.r. and dated maart '88

Jan van Essen

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Tiger in Artis zoo, 1888


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