Jan Voerman Jr
23.01.1890 (Hattem, The Netherlands) - 13.06.1976 (Blaricum, The Netherlands)
Jan Voerman Junior was born in 1890 in the Dutch village of Hattem, as the son of painter Jan Voerman Senior. Voerman Jr. was taught painting by his father at an early age. As a young boy he was fascinated by the world of animals, plants and insects, and he collected shells and beetles to compose his own still lifes. He would study and observe these objects to become well-acquainted with rendering a perfect image from nature. He was also an apprentice at the Amsterdam Academy and the Academy in The Hague. Voerman Jr. received his first commissioned assignment when he was 15 years old. He was asked to make the illustrations for the well-known Dutch Verkade nature albums, which he did for many years. The Second World War ended this cooperation. From 1939 onwards, he focused exclusively on painting in oil. Like in his Verkade illustrations, subjects from nature dominate the scenes in Voerman’s paintings: landscapes and still lifes with plants and flowers. He would study these items carefully, which is shown in his precisely rendered paintings.