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"The artist Jan Boon was born on December 2, 1882 in the municipality of Nieuwer-Amstel, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. From 1894 to 1899 was a student op Philip Zilcken, after he had seen the young Jan Boon drawing in the streets. In 1899, for a short time he was a student of Jacob Maris. When Maris died in 1899, he came in the studio of C. Koppenol. From 1898 to 1903 he also attended classes at the Royal Academy for Visual Arts in The Hague. There he was taught by Koppenol, Frits Jansen and Van IJzeren. After his studies hij worked in Amsterdam from 1906 to 1908, this was enabled by an annual grant from Queen Wilhelmina. After that he went to Rijswijk (near The Hague), where he lived for five years. He moved to Amerongen in the province of Utrecht in 1914. From 1919 to 1922 he lived in Blaricum, after that he went to Austria for a few years, where he lived near the Traunsee. After a short period in Brussels, Belgium he moved back to the Netherlands. He lived Bilthoven near Utrecht from 1930 until a few years before he died. Jan Boon continued working to a very high age. In the catalogue of the exhibition commemorating his 90th birthday it is said he was still active as an artist. Boon died in The Hague on April 7, 1975. Boon married three times and had two children. He made quite a number of portraits of his relatives. There are portraits of his third wife Hella Werkman and his children Jan and Ilse.
...A number of books were illustrated by Jan Boon with woodcuts, such as schoolbook with folk stories from the provinces of Utrecht and North-Holland. Boon made an (unknown number of) beautiful etchings, mainly of townscapes and animals. ..." http://home.planet.nl/~emhabben/JanBoon/home-englishnw.html