VAN BEERS Jan
THE WEEPING WILLOW
Oil on panel: 14.5 x 29.5 cm / 5.7 x 11.6 ins
Signed with a monogram and dated '1874' lower right
Painter of portraits, figures, genre scenes, historical subjects and occasionally landscapes and animals.
Jan Van Beers was a pupil of the Antwerp Academy. In 1878 he left for Paris, where he worked in the studio of Alfred Stevens. He began his career as a painter of historical subjects. He became a well-known portraitist of many Belgian and French celebrities. He made illustrations for several magazines, like “Revue Illustrée” to name but one.
Van Beers was French in his subject matter, but Flemish in his gift of colour and his accuracy of drawing.
The Petit Palais Museum in Paris conserves his “Funeral of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders, held on April 22, 1127 in Bruges”. “A Parisian Lady” can be admired in the Rouen Fine Arts Museum.
Lierre (Antwerp) 1852 - Fay-aux-Loges 1927
Antwerp - Arras - Brussels - Lierre - Paris - Rouen - Tournai
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch Artists born between 1750 and 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 138.
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 517.