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Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa (17 Jan. 1861 – 12 April 1942); part of the second generation of the Hague School painters. Akkeringa is primarily known for his paintings and watercolors of women and playing children at the beach, women mending nets and intimate tea-time conversations.
Born in Blinjoe in the Dutch East Indies,he was the second child of Johannes Evert Akkeringa, an engineer in the tin mines of the Billiton-Company at Bangka, and later at Buitenzorg. His mother, Sariedje, was of mixed Chinese and Javanese ethnic origin. Following the death of his father in 1864 from typhus, Akkeringa moved with his brother and sister to The Hague, where they grew up in the household of his aunt.
In the spring of 1878, at 17, Akkeringa enrolled at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He quickly befriended fellow student Willem de Zwart and other artists studying at the Academy, including Floris Verster and Marius Bauer. It is likely that during this period Akkeringa met and became close to the artist Isaac Israëls. At the Academy the courses Akkeringa took focused on anatomical drawing, drawing from models, as well as studying the arts of perspective and composition. After class Akkeringa, like many of his fellow students, left the city to explore and practice the art of drawing nature, discovering that he was most inspired by the landscape around The Hague. In the spring of 1883 Akkeringa received his degree, though he continued to take classes at the Academy until 1885.
From Aug. 1886 until the end of 1887 Akkeringa took a course at the Rotterdam Academy. In the same year he participated for the first time in the Living Masters Exhibition’at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
Late in 1887, Akkeringa moved to The Hague....
In 1932 Akkeringa visited his oldest son Leo, who lived in Paris; it would be the only foreign trip Akkeringa would ever make.
Akkeringa died at 81.