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Arcadian Landscapes

ARCADIAN LANDSCAPE WITH A ROUND TEMPLE SN 954.1
ARCADIAN LANDSCAPE WITH AN ALTAR SN 954.3
ARCADIAN LANDSCAPE WITH A PYRAMID, SN 954.4
ARCADIAN LANDSCAPE WITH AN OBELISK, SN 954.5
all oil on canvas

Jurriaan Andriessen
Dutch, 1742-1819

From: "The Pages"

ARTIST:

The Andriessens were a Dutch family of painters and draftsmen. Altho’ they came from a non-artistic background, Jurriaan & his brother Anthonie became successful painters, specializing in supplying painted wallpapers which they made at their factory in Amsterdam.

Jurriaan was born in Amsterdam, apprenticed first to Antoni Elliger and later to Jan Maurits Quinkhard. Altho’ he produced a few allegorical history paintings, his most important work was for their factories, making the painted wallcoverings for private residences. He took evening classes at the Amsterdam Tekenacademie, where in 1766 he won 1st prize and became a teacher himself. By 1794 he was co-director there. His pupils included some of the best-known 19th c Dutch artists – among them his son Christiaan Andriessen and granddaughter Cornelia Aletta van Hulst.

Juriaan’s designs followed the prevailing 18th c taste for Arcadian and native Dutch landscapes with small figures, and especially for decorative architecture.

In his later years, Jurriaan also designed theatrical scenery and properties, but none of these have been preserved. Aside from his wallpaper designs, many drawings in a wide variety of subjects survive, many being in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. His art collection was auctioned off in Amsterdam in 1903.

SUBJECTS/PAINTINGS:
Four typical designs hang in Gallery 17.

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