Portrait of Charley Toorop by Jan Toorop
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Jan Toorop

Portrait of Charley Toorop 1897

PencilChalk
33 ⨯ 22 cm
ConditionExcellent
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About the artwork

Pencil and colored chalk paper
33 x 22 cm.
Signed: lower left

Provenance: Private collection, the Netherlands; Auction Christie's, Amsterdam, 'Modern and Contemporary Art', 12 december 1990, lot. no. 272, illustrated on page 43 of the catalog.

Exhibited: Solotexhibition: Jan Toorop in Slot Zeist, 15 oktober 1995 - 7 januari 1996, Zeist, cat. 9; Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, De Toorop Dynasty 28 september 2019 t/m 26 januari 2020, Alkmaar.

Literature: P. van der Coelen en K. van Lieverloo, Jan Toorop Portrettist, Zwolle 2003, p.87 (ill.); Van Wezel/Van den Akker, Jan Toorop : zang der tijden, 2016 , p. 256, ill. 417 (color); H. Smelik, 'Pan viert haar eerste lustrum', Tableau 14 (1991) 1 , ill. (color); Cat. Tefaf 1993, p. 179, ill. (color) (advertisement Studio 2000); Studio 2000 magazine 22 (2017) no. 2, p. 21, ill. (color).

This work is included in the archive of the RKD under Illustration number 1001284692.

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Jan (Johann Theodorus) Toorop was born on the isle of Java, Poerworedjo, in the year 1858. In 1869 his family moved to The Netherlands, where they believed Toorop could obtain better education. After a childhood of poor concentration and poor grades, Toorop applied to the Academy of Arts in Amsterdam, focussing mostly on sculpture and applied arts.

In 1882 Toorop left for the city of Bruxelles, where he gained popularity as a member of the group Les Vingt, a group of twenty artists who would exhibit their work twice a year in February and March.

Jan Toorop, together with Van Gogh and Mondriaan, belongs to the group of most important Dutch artists from the period around 1900. These major artists had their focus on new, international developments in art and inspired other artists themselves. Toorop can be seen as a great source of inspiration of Gustave Klimt.

Toorop's work knows an immense popularity and is often associated with Art Nouveau, mainly because of one well-known advertisement for a certain kind of salad oil. However, Toorop's oeuvre should not be seen as Art Nouveau only. He was known as a neo-impressionist and symbolist as well, switching between styles of working and combining them in response to his environment.

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