Jacob Dooijewaard

As a young child Jacob (Jaap) Dooijewaard frequently hung around his father’s workshop, grinding colours and doing small tasks, and in the process developing his interest in the profession of painting. After finishing his artistic studies in Amsterdam he began recording his impressions of the city using a spontaneous brushstroke: the Amsterdam canals, the streets, and the grey skies hanging over the town.

His move to Laren in 1903 meant a shift to painting mainly interiors. The striking feature in Dooijewaard’s interiors is often the contrast between the homely roughness and massiveness of the furniture and rafters, and the details of pottery and the sheen of brass and pewter on the other. Through these contrasts he closely approached his ideal of a balance between truthful representation of form and spontaneous impressionism.

Beyond Laren, Dooijewaard would paint in Nunspeet, Overijssel, Brabant, and Limburg. He also travelled to Norway, America, Spain and southern France. During his yearly visits to Norway in the summer, he found new inspiration in the unique quality of light to capture his impressions. Dooijewaard sought new ways to portray his experiences and assumed that pointillist techniques would offer him natural possibilities in this new environment. However, he only applied it when he found it consistent with his subject. His palette also shifted noticeably: the heavy, warm colours of the Low Countries gave way to soft, cool and serene hues under the influence of the climate and different light.  


Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on August 12th, 1876

Died in Laren, The Netherlands on November 7th, 1969

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