Hendrik Jan Wolter
15.07.1873 (Haarlem, The Netherlands) - 29.10.1952 (Laren, The Netherlands)
Hendrik Jan Wolter was born in 1873 in Amsterdam and moved to Amersfoort with his family at the age of 12. In 1895 he moved to Antwerp, where he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts. Here he was introduced to the work of the French Impressionists and he saw the work of Pointillists like Seurat and Signac for the first time. This period deeply influenced the development of Wolter’s style. For example, in comparison to the work of Wolter’s contemporaries from the Netherlands, his paintings and drawings have a much more luminous and colourful quality, something clearly inspired by his Belgian training.
In 1899 Wolter moved back to the Netherlands, where he lived in various places. In 1924 he moved permanently to Laren, where he would stay until his death 1952. Wolter was not especially inspired by the countryside in Laren, but by the sea, water and travelling. The many seascapes and harbour views he painted in his life bear witness to this.