William George Frederik Jansen (1871-1949)
Harvesting the Sea
Oil on Canvas
24 x 36 inches – 61 x 91.4 cms
Private Collection, The Netherlands
Born in Harlingen on the coast in the north of Holland the sea was to play a significant part in Jansen’s career as an artist. He lived in Haarlem and studied at the art school and developed a career as a painter, ceramicist and lithographer. He worked at the ceramic factories of Rozenburg and Distel as a painter, modeller and ceramicist. He had travelled, and worked in the Hague and from 1908 lived in Amsterdam.
As a painter, Jansen specialised in landscapes and particularly coastal scenes with fishermen and their boats, seminal to life on the North Sea coast in the Netherlands. In terms of style, Jansen was very much aligned with the fluent brushwork and atmosphere of the Hague School. He was elected to the Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam and to the Art Circle in the Hague. Jansen exhibited in Rotterdam and Amsterdam and in the latter city executed the Diorama for the Botanical Gardens. Jansen died in 1949.
His works can be found in museums in: Enkhuizen, Harlingen and Laren.