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Jan August Hendrik Leys

1815-1869 Belgium/Realism


Brief Biography-Jan August Hendrik Leys was from Antwerp, Belgium. He studied under Ferdinand de Braekeleer the Elder, who was his brother-in-law and at the Art Academy of Antwerp. Leys worked with Egide Charles Gustave Wappers and spent time in Paris, where Romanticism influenced him. He later went towards a realism style in which his work became more associated, leading to a successful career in Belgium and France. He was made a Baron in 1862 in appreciation for his historical paintings.
Amongst his numerous students were Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Henri Jean Augustin de Braekeleer, son of Ferdinand. In addition, he had a powerful influence on the Swedish artist Georg von Rosen who entered his workshop in 1863.


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albrecht durer visiting
antwerp in 1520

albrecht durer visiting antwerp

interesting read

an interesting read


home coming by Jan August Hendrik Leys

animated interior
with dog

animated interior with dog

architect alphonse

architect alphonse balat

floris going to saint
luke's day feast

frans floris going to a saint luke's day feast 1540

godfrey of

godfrey of bouillon

john I, duke
of brabant

john one duke of brabant

john II, duke
of brabant

john two duke of brabant

john III, duke
of brabant

john three duke of brabant

lucie leys

lucie leys

mary of burgundy

mary of burgundy

maximilian I holy
roman emperor

maximilian one holy roman emperor

the good

philip the good



interior with a man
and a woman seated

interior with a man and a woman seated at a table

madame henri leys
van haren

madame henri leys van haren[

self portrait

self portrait

soldiers playing

soldiers playing cards

still life of
three skulls

still life of three skulls

the singer

the singer

the trental mass for
berthal de haze

the trental mass for berthal de haze

the vow

the vow

walk outside
the walls

walk outside the walls

an intimate

an intimate conversation