Three generations of artists. In the masterly painting 'Three Generations', Charley Toorop painted herself, her late father, the celebrated artist Jan Toorop and her son Edgar Fernhout. Dutch book
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The book begins with an interesting introduction by Marjan van Heteren about the importance and development of family clans in painting. Nice loose language makes it a pleasure to read. The Van Mieris, Breugel and Israëls families are used to show that being an artist has always been an economic activity that has often been passed on from generation to generation.
Daughter Charley is an ambitious child. She receives violin lessons from the second violinist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, until she becomes overwrought. Then she switched to piano and singing lessons, she went to Frankfurt for lessons, she also learned the noble art of poetry. But in the end it turns out that she is also infected with the tick / painting virus. Stimulated and hunted by her father, she develops her own style, just like her son Eddy does after her.
The family of painters spent holidays in Domburg, where Piet Mondrian was often also at work. Mondrian would later recommend Charley to go to Paris. At the opening of an exhibition of the work of Jan Sluijters, Piet Mondriaan and Cees Spoor, Charley gets to know Henk Fernhout, the son of a shipbuilder from Drenthe who studied law and philosophy. She was not yet 18.