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The Old Men by the Sea

The Old Men by the Sea

Jan Toorop (in 1901)

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This highly symbolic work is painted with clearly visible brush marks in light sunny colours. It represents various stages of life: old age (men in the foreground), childhood and motherhood mother and daughter on the right), carefree youth (four dancing girls), and left and right the workers. Toorop lived and worked at the time in the fishing village Katwijk.

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Title The Old Men by the Sea
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 130 cm
Width 150 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Jan Toorop
Accession number 2429 (MK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: J.E. Jurriaanse 1957
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1957
Age artist About 43 years old
Exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions 'Charley Toorop' (2010)
Jan Toorop (1858 - 1928) (2016)
De Toorop Dynastie (2019)
Jan Toorop (1858 - 1928) (2017)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Branding Rotterdam (2019)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan Toorop

Poerworedjo 1858 - Den Haag 1928

Jan Toorop spent his youth on Java. In 1892 he moved to the Netherlands. He following a course in drawing at the Polytechnic School in Delft (1876-1879) and...

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