Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

If you have a passion for Art then you are in the
right place and space. Art has always helped me to navigate my way through life and is a reflection of the myriad of emotional experiences that become layered over time. So please join me on my journey as a digital artist as I explore great Artists,Blog's, Websites and more. I welcome invites to check out your blog, so send me your link and I will definitely take a look. Enjoy, live, love, inspire and art on....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jan (Frederik Pieter) Portielje 1829-1908

Jan (Frederik Pieter) Portielje - (b Amsterdam, 29 April 1829; d Antwerp, 6 Feb 1908). Dutch painter. He studied under Valentijn Bing (1812-95) in Amsterdam and later with Jan Braet von Uberveldt (1807-94). In 1849 he went to the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, where he took lessons with J.-L. Dyckmans (1811-88). After this period of training he spent two years in Paris and travelled in France and Germany. Settling in Brussels, he made a name for himself as a portrait painter, especially in English circles. He also received commissions from Dutch and American patrons. Between 1857 and 1884 he took part in exhibitions in Amsterdam and The Hague. He painted genre scenes and portraits (Gypsy Womanc. 1873; Rotterdam, Mus. Boymans-van Beuningen; Woman in Historical Costume, The Hague, Rijksdienst Beeld. Kst). He also worked with Frans Lebret (1820-1909) and Eug?ne R. Maes (1849-1931). His sons Edward (1861-1949) and Gerard (1856-1929) were also painters.

I just love this portraitist. I am not an art critic, I just know what I like and when I look at these pictures they speak to me of his celebration of women and their strength and beauty. Sewing, looking at a picture, holding a rose, reading a letter or looking into the distance, the colours, the details in the clothing and the faces just draw you in and once your inside the picture you keep on seeing more and more of his artistry. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Cheers Julz 


  1. Another lovely post! And your choice of which art to feature really shows refined taste. I guess were I to have to choose one, I'd go for the lady with the letters. She pleases me best of all.
    And Thank You for sharing--otherwise, I might not know of this artist and his work.

  2. I love the way he sees! stunning works. I can see why you are so attracted. The mothers with the childrens are all exceptional. The last one so interesting also, really pulls you in.

    I would love to have you stop over and say hi :-}