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Jacobus van Looy artwork • painting • previously for sale Clematis

Looy J. van | Jacobus van Looy, Clematis, oil on panel 50.2 x 24.8 cm, signed l.r. with initials

Jacobus van Looy

oil on panel 50.2 x 24.8 cm, signed l.r. with initials

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: coll. de heer en mevrouw Van Gelder-Endtz, Amsterdam, schoonouders van de kunstenaar; geschenk aan hun dochter Henriëtte Johanna Catharina Verkade-van Gelder, echtgenote van Ericus G. Verkade jr., directeur van Verkade's Fabrieken en initiatiefnemer van de Verkade-albums, daarna door vererving in bezit gekomen van de vorige eigenaar (part. bezit Diepenveen).
Literature: Joyce van der Smit-Meijer, Chris Will, (red.), 'Jacobus van Looy (1855-1930): Niets is zoo mooi als zien ...', Zwolle/Haarlem 1998, pag. 163, 147 (met afb.).
Exhibited: Haarlem, Museum Huis van Looy (opgeheven in 1967), bruikleen 1934-1948/1949.

Jacobus van Looy, known in Holland as the writer of the trilogy 'Jaapje, Jaap en Jakob', described himself as ' a born painter and a writer by chance circumstances'. Raised as an orphan in Haarlem, his exceptional drawing talent led to him being able to study at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. There he got involved in artistic life and became friends with Willem Witsen, Willem Tholen, Eduard Karsen and Jan Veth. In his paintings and drawings he distinguishes himself from his contemporaries through an idiosyncratic way of depicting and unusual compositions. In the 1980s he was, together with Breitner, one of the first to paint street life in Amsterdam. A major retrospective of his work was organized as early as 1901. After he concluded from the reviews that he was valued more as a writer than as a painter, Van Looy decided - deeply hurt - never to exhibit or sell his paintings again. From then on he would only paint for himself and his wife.

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