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Jan Mankes in the spotlight in Heerenveen and Arnhem.

"In these times of turbulent confusion, of advertising frenzy and pretension, of impotence and mannerism, it gives such rare pleasure to encounter a clear mind that, indifferent to all that happens around him, quietly and calmly pursues his own path. To see someone who is not influenced by the trends of his time, but like a devout monk, draws only beauty from the life that surrounds him. And just as this artist himself saw people, animals, plants, and lifeless objects around him with a gaze full of love and dedication, so too did an atmosphere of pure piety seem to hang around his work."

This beautiful quote is from the hand of Reinier de Vries, the visual artist who was one of the first to write an essay (1920) about the work of painter Jan Mankes.

Discussing, describing or viewing the work of Jan Mankes elicits various outspoken opinions. For some, his paintings are a unique representation of everyday subjects such as people, animals, and the natural environment surrounding the artist. Through the use of soft colors and a hint of mysticism, his works evokes a feeling of tenderness.

Others get goosebumps from it. They find his work severe and sense religious melancholy. Regardless how you typify his work, it always evokes emotion.

Want to be moved by the mystical work of Jan Mankes yourself? You can! Museum Belvédère, in collaboration with Museum Arnhem, is organizing a retrospective exhibition about the artist More information will follow soon.

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Jan Mankes, White Rabbit, Standing (1910) Oil on canvas laid down on panel, 17 x 13 cm


2025: Renoir joins Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir stands out as one of the most influential figures in the Impressionist movement. His distinctive style, characterized by vibrant colors, bold brushwork, and adept use of light, marks a significant departure from the academic conventions of his time. Together with his contemporary Claude Monet, Renoir played a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of Impressionism. One of his early works, 'Jeune Femme Debout' (Lise Trehot, 1866) (Standing Young Woman), serves as a prime example of this innovative approach. In 2025, the Kunstmuseum Den Haag plans to showcase a collection focusing on the formative years of Impressionism, for which they have requested to borrow this notable piece.

The exhibition, titled 'Paris 1867: The Birth of Impressionism,' will be on display from February 15, 2025, to June 1, 2025.


BorremansMichaël (1963)
The Ghost II, (2008)

Pierre-Auguse Renoir, Jeune Femme debout (1966) Oil on canvas, 24 x 12.8 cm


Looking ahead: Brueghel at the Prado ​


A memorable day for the JK Art Foundation. Today, the final formalities have been concluded, and the loan agreement is now a reality. The work is part of the exhibition 'Ruben's Workshop' which will be on display at the prestigious museum form October 15, 2024, to February 16, 2025. The exhibition aims to introduce their visitors to the workspace where artits of that time produced their work, focusing particularly on the working methods of Rubens. 


Earlier this year, the work was exhibited at the noordbrabants Museum. ​

Jan Brueghel the Younger, Allegory of a painting

Jan Brueghel de Jonge, Allegory of painiting (c. 1625-1630) 

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