Jan Ekels the Younger

1759-1793 Holland/Rococo

 

Brief Biography-Jan Ekels (Ekkls) the Younger of Amsterdam was a genre and portrait painter who was trained initially by his father Jan. He joined the Amsterdam Academy for a seven-year period during which time he copied paintings by artists like Jan Miense Molenaer. He spent two years in Paris and toured the Rhineland in Germany where he extended his experience of the old masters. His main influences were from artists such as Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu and Johannes Vermeer. He won a medal and the Great Painter Book by Gerard de Lairesse for getting first prize at the Amsterdam Drawing Academy in 1781. When his parents died, his inheritance allowed him to paint at his leisure. In 1783 he was admitted to the Felix Meritis Foundation in Amsterdam which had been established in 1776. He died at the early age of thirty-three in 1793 after having a stroke.

 

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a farmer smoking
his pipe

a farmer smoking his pipe

woman seated in a
kitchen peeling apple

woman seated in a kitchen peeling apple

a writer
in his studio

writer in his studio

writer trimming
his pen

writer trimming his pen

conversation piece
the sense of smell

conversation piece the sense of smell

egbert
van drielst

egbert van drielst

man writing at
his desk

man writing at his desk by Jan Ekels the Younger