Frederik Johannes 'Frits' Jansen
20.01.1856 (The Hague, The Netherlands) - 31.03.1928 (Voorburg, The Netherlands)
Frederik Johannes ‘Frits’ Jansen was born in The Hague on the 20th of January 1856. He worked mostly in The Hague and was a student at the Academy of Arts between 1874 and 1879. After finishing his artistic education in The Hague he travelled to Paris to study under the French academic painter Léon Bonnat (1833-1922). Bonnat was an excellent teacher and had notable pupils, such as George Braque (1882-1963), Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). After his training at Bonnat’s atelier Jansen worked for some time in London, but in 1881 he returned to The Netherlands. Back in Holland Jansen became a teacher at the Academy of Arts in The Hague and in 1887 he was appointed as vice-president of the Academy. In this position, he had a great influence on many young painters. Even the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962), grandmother of the current Queen Beatrix, was one of his pupils. Jansen painted portraits, genre pieces and a few landscapes, but is mostly known for his beautifully drawn atmospheric portraits. In 1922 he settled and worked mostly in Voorburg, a suburb of The Hague. He died in Voorburg on March 31, 1928. Today, works by Jansen are very rare and do not appear on the market very often.