Johannes 'Jan' Evert Hendrik Akkeringa
17.01.1861 (Blinjoe, Dutch East Indies) - 12.04.1942 (Amersfoort, The Netherlands)
In the 1880s there was a colony of painters who moved from The Hague to the dunes at Loosduinen to paint. Besides George Breitner and Jan Toorop, Johannes Evert Akkeringa was among this group's members. He was born in 1861 in the Dutch East Indies but grew up in The Hague, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. During his life Akkeringa painted subjects in Looduinen, The Hague, and Scheveningen. Akkeringa did not have a strong desire to travel beyond this area; he found enough inspiration for painting in his immediate surroundings.
In May 1896, Akkeringa received an invitation from Joseph Israel, chairman of the Dutch Drawing Society (Hollandse Teken Maatschappij), to submit work. A year later he was accepted as a member of the society and continued to exhibit there regularly until 1916. A subject he regularly painted was the so called "nettenboetsters," the women from Scheveningen who mended the fishing nets. This subject became a motif throughout his career. Another theme in Akkeringa's work consisted of beach scenes, which depicted images from the simple life of the Scheveningen fishing community. He painted on both small and large panels, which he rarely dated. In 1903 he signed a contract with the firm E.J. Wisselingh in Amsterdam, where he held an exhibition with the painter Toorop one year later. After 1904 he frequently painted tea time scenes with an intimate feel.
Akkeringa was a painter who remained true to himself and his style. He avoided applying new movements to his work, instead preferring to focus on nature and his surroundings, which he painted with great attention to color and light. In addition to his paintings, he left many sketches, studies for paintings, and drawings made with pencil, black, and blue chalk.
R. de Leeuw, J. Sillevis, Ch. Dumas, (cat.tent.) De Haagse School - Hollandse Meesters van de 19de eeuw, Parijs (Grand Palais), Londen (Royal Academy), Den Haag (Haags Gemeentemuseum) 1983, p. 90, 106;
Bram Huijser, 'Nederlandse boekband-, boekomslag- en stofomslag-ontwerpers 1890-1940' (2004);
S. de Clercq, Tuin en Duin: Schilder van de huiselijke sfeer. Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa (1861-1942), Folder Wintertentoonstelling, Christie's Amsterdam 6/14-1-2005;
A. Kraayenga, Marius Bauer 1867-1932. Oogstrelend Oosters, Zwolle 2007, p. 177, 178;
S. de Clercq, Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa (1861-1942). Schilder van het onbezorgde leven, Schiedam 2010;
M. Jonkman, E. Geudeker, Mythen van het atelier. Werkplaats en schilderpraktijk van de negentiende-eeuwse Nederlandse kunstenaar, Zwolle 2010, p. 59
De Haagse School - Hollandse Meesters van de 19de eeuw, Parijs (Grand Palais), Londen (Royal Academy), Den Haag (Haags Gemeentemuseum) 1983
Work by Johannes Evert Akkeringa is represented in the collections of various Dutch museums.