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Adriaan Keus Holland 1875 – 1955
Adriaan Keus was born in Rotterdam, Holland. He originally studied botany in London before his interest in drawing and painting of plants and flowers induced him to study art. Returning to Holland, he spent the years 1898 and 1899 studying at the Academy of Art in The Hague. While there, he was also advised by the well known Hague School painter H. W. Mesdeg who encouraged his interest in country landscapes, farms, woods and fields of flowers. Often he chose to place adorable children in these settings.
After 1900 the artist continued to study in his travels, often accompanied by a fellow artist, B. Schrepel, who also painted landscapes. Keus lived and worked in The Hague until 1910 when he moved to the island of Putten before finally settling in the area of Soest around 1920.
Keus was a member of several artistic societies, including the “Pulchri Studio” in The Hague and “Art and Amicitiae” in Amsterdam. These societies were a direct result of dissatisfaction among the young painters with the lack of possible future growth and development. Their main aim was to enable artists to work with models and exchange opinions.
After 1902, Keus’ work was shown in Rotterdam and Amsterdam at the annual exhibitions of the “Living Masters.” In 1913, an exhibition of this artist’s work was praised by a reviewer for the “simplicity and truth which form the main characteristics in his work.”
Biography excerpted from the unpublished catalog by Edward P. Bentley for the Haussner Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, titled: Haussner’s, The Children.