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Friday 28 January 2011

Friday's Funerary Artist

1898 Theo Swagemakers 1994
1910 Elly Swagemakers 1999

Theo Swagemakers wanted to be a painter and took lessons and took classes with Jan Petrus van Delft. In 1923 he trained in Brussels, at the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts and in 1926 he continued his studies at the Academy Colo Rossi in Paris.
In 1929 he got his first major exhibition in Paris Galerie Jacob.

Theo was a prolific painter of portraits, some eleven hundred portraits are known to be his and include members of the royal family, prelates, industrialists and bankers, but also colleagues, friends and his wife Elly and their only child, Victor.
And so he was much in demand as a portraitist.

Elly 1944

Victor 1941

Self-portrait 1940

Besides portraits, he also painted landscapes, seascapes and still lifes in particular.
Making a total of some two thousand pieces of work.
Many of which are on display at the Swagemakers Museum in Haarlem, which opened in 1999.

Swagemakers painting Louis Moon

Studio on Herengracht, Amsterdam

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