Polperro Harbour, Cornwall, 1922

by Hendrik Jan Wolter


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 40 x 47 inches (101.6 x 119.4 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas



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    This beautiful painting shows the fishing harbour of Polperro in Cornwall. Here, Jan Wolter has cleverly depicted the Cornish sun as it bounces off the boats, cliff and sand, with the light refracting to reveal bright oranges, greens, blues and yellows.

    Hendrik Jan Wolter (1873- 1952) was a Dutch painter. Around 1910 Jan Wolter moved to the English coastline of Cornwall and Devon to paint the small harbour towns of Polperro, Lynmouth and St. Ives. There he would recreate the atmosphere of these towns onto canvas, of which this painting is a perfect example.

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    Hendrik Jan Wolter (1873- 1952) was a Dutch painter. His father, Hendrik Jan, was a civil engineer and his mother, Johanna Louiza Lorié, came from a French Norman family.

    In 1885 the family moved to Amersfoort where he went to the Hogereburgerschool. After this he started a career as an officer, in Haarlem at the Military School. His musical and artistic mother was, however, not so enthusiastic. With her help, he was able to give up infantry training and embark on drawing.

    In 1895 he was admitted to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp. A year later he had already moved to the Institut Supérieur. He stayed there for 3 years and was rewarded with the Willink van Collen award.

    During his stay in Antwerp he came to know the pointillist work of Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Théo van Rysselberghe. These artists greatly influenced Jan Wolter and his canvas became more luminous and vibrant in colour.

    In 1904 he married Popkolina Van Hoorn and went to live in the Gooise Laren. Although a few other pointillists such as Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig and Co Breman stayed there, Wolter never belonged to the Laren School. Gooise village life was never his source of inspiration. He felt more attracted by water, sea and travel. Indeed he painted many harbour scenes such as Polperro Harbour, Cornwall.

    Shortly before the First World War, he moved into a studio on the Amstel, the river from Amsterdam takes its name, with a view of the Hoge Sluis bridge. It is there that he gradually renounced his divisionist style. Although a bright colour palette still populated his light-filled works, his application of paint became patchier. He died in Amersfoort in 1952.


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