Jan Willem van Borselen

Jan Willem van Borselen
20.09.1825 (Gouda, The Netherlands) - 24.09.1892 (The Hague, The Netherlands)

Nationality: Dutch


Jan Willem van Borselen can be categorized as a Hague School painter. He is known for his depictions of windy Dutch polders and landscapes, scenes with water, willows and reed. He received his artistic training from his father, Pieter van Borselen. Besides being the director of the ‘Waalse Weeshuis’ – an orphanage – in The Hague, his father was a painter of landscapes and townviews. However, in 1855 Jan Willem van Borselen also was a pupil of the renowned Romantic landscapist Andreas Schelfhout.

Van Borselen was an established and successful artist during his life, having won a medal of honour at an exhibition in The Hague in 1865 and a gold medal at the Vienna World Exposition in 1873. More recently, in 2002, the Dutch Stadsmuseum of Woerden dedicated an exhibition to the work of Van Borselen, under the title Wind en Wilgen (translated as ‘Wind and Willows’).


World Exhibition, Vienna, 1873;
Wind en Wilgen; J.W. van Borselen
, 16 Mar. - 16 Jun. 2002, Stadsmuseum Woerden, The Netherlands


Work by J.W. van Borselen is represented in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Teylers Museum Haarlem, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam and Stadsmuseum Woerden, The Netherlands.

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