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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Weijand, Jaap
Collection: European Collection
Specialty: Paintings
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Though he was born and pursued most of his career in Amsterdam, Jaap
Weijand studied art in Paris beginning in 1908. There he absorbed the
innovations in modernist painting and brought them back to Amsterdam where
he soon became a committee member of the Moderne Kunstkring, an
organization of Dutch modernist artists. Moving to the artist's village of
Bergen, Noord-Holland, he began painting in a style influenced by the
Bergense School, applying color fields, as he does in Orchard in Autumn,
most frequently in his favorite shades of ochre, vermilion, and indigo
blue. His work clearly prefigures that of the Abstract Expressionists as
well as the Color Field painters of the 1950s. When the director of the
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, B.W.F. van Riemsdijk, introduced him to collectors
Carel and Mimi de Visser-Roelofs, a long-term alliance was formed; the
Visser-Roelofs were his patrons from 1916 to 1929. Their financial
contribution allowed Weijand to paint as he liked, while maintaining his
family. Unfortunately, this arrangement kept Weijand from being exposed to
a broader audience and it is only in recent years that his contribution to
Dutch modernism has come to be appreciated.