Jan Sluijters, together with Dutch painters Leo Gestel and Piet Mondriaan, belongs to the first generation of ‘modern’ painters in the Netherlands. He received his artistic training at the Amsterdam Art Academy in 1901, and won the renowned Prix de Rome four years later, a prestigious award which supports young artists.
Sluijters visited Paris (1904-1907), where he was introduced to the work of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Les Fauves, among others Gauguin. It was here that Sluijter discovered his own distinctive, expressive style. His early works, often landscapes, were more Symbolist with Art Nouveau elements, but now he turned to his inner feelings for subject matter. He expressed these feelings by changing perceptible forms and using an exuberant, non-realistic palette. His focus again shifted to still lifes, nudes and portraits.
Sluijters enjoyed an increasing popularity during his life. He was honored to become a member of the judging commission at the first Miss Holland election in 1929. Several large exhibitions honouring his work took place during his life and even today his work is represented in the collections of many renowned Dutch museums.
Born in s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on December 17th, 1881
Died in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on May 8th, 1957