Benjamin Liepman Prins (1860-1934) – Portrait of an old man


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Benjamin Liepman Prins (Arnhem, January 20, 1860 – Amsterdam, October 4, 1934) was a Dutch painter of Jewish origin. He mainly made genre works, portraits and still lifes. Prins was the third of six children of the Orthodox Jewish carpet merchant Eliezer Liepman Philip Prins (1835–1915) and his wife Henrietta Prins-Jacobson (1836–1885). From an early age he showed a special talent for drawing. He received his training from 1877 to 1882 at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, with August Allebé. From 1882 to 1884, he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, under Karel Verlat. He then worked and studied in Paris until 1888. Prins would eventually settle permanently in Amsterdam, where he opened a studio. With his family who moved to Frankfurt am Main in 1885, he met Rosa Benari, the daughter of the German painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, with whom he later married and had two children. He was friends with Max Liebermann. Prins was best known as a genre painter and portraitist. His work was strongly rooted in realism. He often sought his themes within the Jewish community, from which he also received most commissions. Often he also worked in Noord-Brabant, Geldrop. His genre works are characterized by a quiet homeliness, sometimes with a touch of humor. He also regularly painted biblical scenes. In his depiction of persons, he clearly tries to find a psychological depth, appropriate to the orthodox environment in which he often found himself. Later in life he made many still lifes. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Prins was a well-known artist. He has exhibited in London, Milan, Vilnius, Antwerp and Rotterdam. In 1904 Queen Wilhelmina bought his painting Oude Zeeman. A number of his works are in the possession of the Jewish Historical Museum. Beautiful work from 1884, made in Antwerp. In beautiful Heijdenrijk frame (1964)

19 x 14 cm
Oil on panel

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