Jan van Puyenbroeck (Belgian, 1887-1972) was a Belgian painter who was born in Antwerp as the oldest son of a family with 14 children. Even as a young boy he had to lend a hand with the household work so he did not get the opportunity to go to school. Through self-study he continued to develop himself throughout his life. It was the advice of the artist Alfred Ost (1884-1945) that he first went to evening classes and later the day courses at the Royal Academy. In 1908 he is admitted to the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp. Jan Van Puyenbroeck became the friend of the painter Alphons de Cuyper (1887-1950) at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts. There his masters were Piet Verhaert (1852-1908), Juliaan de Vriendt (1842-1935), Frans van Leemputten (1850-1914) and Karel Mertens (1865-1919). He owed a lot to the still life painters Eugeen Joors (1830-1908) and Jan Willem Rosier (1858-1931). In 1910 he took part in the Prix de Rome and ended in second place. In 1931 he was given the prize of the "City of Antwerp for Painting". During the War Years 1914-1918, Jan Van Puyenbroeck fled via England to The Netherlands at the beginning of World War I. He set up his workshop there in the old water mill of Rothem near Meerssen. He met Willem van Konijnenburg (1868-1943) an artist from The Hague who drew a portrait of him. He also has a group of students there including Matthieu Delnoz, Charles Eyck (1897-1983), Herman Koch (1902-1958), Harry Koolen In 1921 Jan Van Puyenbroeck undertook a study trip to Spain with the artist Henri Houben (1858-1931). In the thirties he travelled to Italy, England, Austria and Germany. Jan van Puyenbroeck worked and lived in Antwerp from 1926 to 1942, where the painters Louis Roessingh and Walter Vaes (1882-1958) also had their workshops. Besides his commissions he gave private lessons and taught at the drawing club located on Sint Nicolaas Square in the workshop called Akos, which is the abbreviation for Antwerp artists and war veterans. He formed the artists club "Pictura" with other Antwerp artists, with whom he organised exhibitions. His paintings have been sold in the Netherlands, Belgium and the rest of Europe.
This would be a fabulous painting for a young girl's room, since it would be appropriate for many years to come.
Title: "Still Life with Doll"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 16 by 14 inches (40.6 by 35.6 cm); framed (under glass) 22 1/2 by 20 1/2 by 2 and 1/2 inches.
Initialed lower right: JvP
Signed on the stretcher: J. van Puyenbroeck
Condition: Unlined canvas. Framed under glass. There is craquelure. Under UV light, the area around the initials appears to fluoresce.
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