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 Woman, c. 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