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Historical Artist - Tinus de Jongh (1885 - 1942)

Tinus De Jongh was born in Amsterdam, Holland 1885 - 1942

Art Education
Mainly self-taught with some study in Amsterdam.

Short Artist Biography
- Tinus De Jongh was forbidden to study art by his parents; took a post with a firm of decorators in Amsterdam but left after two years to concentrate on painting; painted street scenes, interiors and landscapes in Amsterdam tradition.
- Achieved local recognition, his work was purchased by the Stedelik Museum.
- 1921 Tinus De Jongh came to South Africa, began painting views of Cape Town; during the early years he lived in a one-room cottage at Deep River with wife and three children; painting of South African Houses of Parliament purchased by South African Government for office of High-Commissioner in London.
- 1922 One-man exhibition in Johannesburg; traveled and painted on the platteland; gradually gaining popularity for his mountain landscapes.
- 1932 Exhibited in London.
- 1934 Sensational court case in which Louis Woolf, his Cape Town art dealer, was accused of having forged De Jongh's signature on thousands of his etchings.
- 1942 Prices for Tinus De Jongh's paintings rose steeply following his death.

Public Art Collections
Pretoria Art Museum, Durban Art Gallery, Albany Museum Grahamstown, Ann Bryant Art Gallery East London, Stedelike Museum Amsterdam.

Berman, E. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa . Southern Book Publishers.

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