THE PAINTER FLORIS VERSTER,
1861 - 1927
The Life of Floris Verster
Verster was the son of Abraham Florentius Verster van Wulverhorst, administrator of the Rijksmuseum of Natural History in Leiden and also a well-known birdwatcher and draughtsman.
The painter Floris Verster received drawing lessons from Gerardus Johannes Bos and from George Breitner, in the winter of 1878- 1879, when Breitner briefly worked as a teacher in Leiden. Verster continued his training at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, between 1880 and 1884. Here, he studied with other famous painters, including George Breitner, Isaac Israëls and Willem de Zwart. After graduating, he took lessons for a short period from Amédée Bourson in Brussels. In Brussels, Floris Verster became acquainted with Jan Toorop, James Ensor, Guillaume Vogels and other members of the avant-garde artist group Les Vingt, whose influences can be seen in his work.
In 1891, Floris Verster took part in the Salon of Les XX in Brussels. Verster shared his studio with his later brother-in-law, Menso Kamerlingh Onnes. In 1892 he married Menso's sister, Jenny Kamerlingh Onnes. They settled on the estate Groenoord outside Leiden, where Floris Verster died in 1927, after drowning in the pond in the backyard.
The work of Floris
Verster worked with a rough brushstroke and intense colours. From 1888 onwards, he became successful among the avant-garde with exuberant works of flower still lifes and landscapes. Between 1892 and 1900 he concentrated on drawings in wax crayon, after which he returned to painting in 1900. The most important works by Floris Verster are in the Kröller-Müller Museum and in Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden.
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