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Jan Boon, 1872-1975

Nationality: Dutch
Date of Birth: 2 December 1882
Place of Birth: Nieuwer-Amstel
Place of Death: Den Haag


Jan Boon was a print maker and collector.


From 1894-1899 he studied with Philip Zilcken, who had been a friend and supporter of Whistler for thirty years. He worked with Jacob Maris, van C. Koppenol, and in the Koninklijke Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in the Hague. He worked in a variety of techniques, particularly etching and woodcut.

He was strongly influenced by Whistler's etchings in his own print-making. Early works like Boerenhoeve (1901) show similarities in the portrayal of light and shade, composition, and printing, to Whistler's 'French Set'. He also collected some very fine impressions of Whistler's etchings.

After his death in 1975, his collection was dispersed, although some works are still in a Dutch private collection.


Jansen, Eddy M. Habben, Jan Boon (1882-1975) Schilderijen, aquarellen, etsen, houtsneden en exlibris, at (accessed 2006.06.14).

Was there a sale of his collection?; George van Houten bought several. Bibl iography on-line lists: Brozkova, dr. L, Nederlandse grafiek na 1945 uit eigen bezit , Centraal Museum Utrecht 1972. Brunt, Aty, 'Jan Boon', in: De Tijdspiegel, 1913, tweede deel, pp. 362-367. 's-Gravesande, G.H., ‘Jan Boon als graficus’, in: Halcyon , 1942, no. 9 (tijdschrift) Greshoff, J., 'Gravures sur bois de Jan Boon', in: La Revue d'Art, revue mensuelle illustrée des arts plastiques et decoratifs , 1929, no. 2 (Vol. 16), pp. 53-57. Greshoff, J., 'Houtsneden van Jan Boon', in: Onze Kunst, geïllustreerd maandschrift voor beeldende en decoratieve kunsten, deel XLVI, 25e year, (January-June 1929), pp. 55-59. Greshoff-Brunt, A. 'Portretten van Jan Boon', in: Op de hoogte. Geïllustreerd maandschrift, January 1930. Groeneveldt, mr. H., ‘Jan Boon als schilder’, in Maandblad voor beeldende kunsten, 1932, no 10, pp. 308-310 (tijdschrift). Swillens, P.T.A., Jan Boon, schilder, teekenaar, etser, houtsnijder , N.V. Leiter-Nypels, Maastricht, z.jr. (volgens catalogus KB 1941). Swillens, P.T.A., Nederland in de prentkunst (Heemschut reeks) [check]