05.09.1877 (Schaarbeek, Belgium) - 31.12.1920 (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Otto Willem Albertus Roelofs, "Albert" Roelofs, was born in 1977 in Brussels, Belgium. He was the son of the renowned Hague School landscape painter Willem Roelofs (1822-1897). Influenced by his father, he started to paint as well. After a few lessons by his father, Roelofs became an apprentice at the Art Academy in The Hague in 1893. Just like his father, Roelofs started by painting landscapes. However, he eventually developed his own style with his own preferred subject matter, which turned out to be portraits and figures. Characteristic in his scenes are extravagantly dressed women who made his work popular with the wealthy bourgeoisie. His most loyal model was his wife, Tjieke Bleckmann. During his life Roelofs taught many students; some of them became renowned artists. Notably, Dutch Queen Wilhelmina and her daughter, princess Juliana took painting lessons from the master painter.
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