Jan Toorop - The Sea [1887]

Jan Toorop (Purworejo, Java, December 20, 1858 - The Hague, March 3, 1928) was a painter whose works straddle the space between the Symbolist painters and Art Nouveau. His early work was influenced by the Amsterdam Impressionism movement. After his marriage to an English woman, Annie Hall, in 1886, Toorop alternated his time between The Hague, England and Brussels, and after 1890 also the Dutch seaside town of Katwijk aan Zee. During this period he developed his own unique Symbolist style, with dynamic, unpredictable lines based on Javanese motifs, highly stylised willowy figures, and curvilinear designs.