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Jan Van Empel

 (1880 - 1940)
Jan Van Empel was active/lived in New Hampshire, Alaska / Netherland.  Jan Van Empel is known for religious painting, Alaskan genre.

Biography   Jan Van Empel


The following, submitted April 2005, is by Steven Brennan.

Jan Van Empel is no doubt the first modernist style painter of Alaska scenes, which makes him very important to Alaska. He was born in Amsterdam in the late 19th century. Jan emigrated to the United States and by 1918 was already regarded as an important modernist painter. Jan Van Empel's work was featured in the inaugural exposition of the Whitney Club in 1918 along with the other great American modernist painters, Robert Henri, William Glackens, John Sloan, George Luks, and Arthur B. Davies. Jan Van Empel was a close friend of Robert Henri and "Who Was Who of American Art" biography states he was a student of Robert Henri.

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Kodiak, Alaska in 1930s
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