Jan Toorop

Johannes Theodorus (Jan) Toorop, the painter, 1858 – 1928

Jan was one of the most important Dutch artists from the period 1880-1910. Initially he painted in an impressionist style, but via pointillism he developed into a symbolist painter.

He was also active as a portraitist and designed ceramics, advertising posters and book bindings. Dutch art nouveau is often associated with his work. In the last twenty years of his life, he was strongly inspired by Roman Catholicism.

He was the father of Charley Toorop, grandfather of the artist Edgar Fernhout and the film maker John Fernhout and great-grandfather of Rik Fernhout – four generations of artists.