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de Jongh, Tinus (1885 – 1942)

Martinus Johannes de Jongh was born in Amsterdam in The Netherlands in the year 1885. He was forbidden
to study art by his parents but took a post with a firm of decoraters in Amsterdam. He left after two years at
the firm to study on his art. He painted street scenes, interiors and landscape in Amsterdam tradition where he
achieved local recognition. Tinus de Jongh’s work was purchased by the Stedelik Museum and his painting of the
Alkmaar cheese market by the town itself.

De jongh moved to South Africa in the year 1921, where he began painting view of Cape Town and the Cape
Province. During the early years he lived in a one-room cottage at Deep River with his wife and three children.
He was friends with Jack Pieters, with whom he had musical evening together, with De Jongh playing the guitar
and Pieters the violin. His etchings enjoyed a receptive market, and hundreds were sold through his agent, Louis
Woolf. Tinus de Jongh, an inveterate pipe-smoker, his friends joked that his pipe was even more essential to his
working habits than his brush. In 1942, prices for his paintings rose steeply following his death his Bloemfontein.

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Marthinus Johannes De Jongh

Marthinus Johannes De Jongh

Born: 1885 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Died: 1942 Bloemfontein

Resided in SA from 1921. A Prolific painter of landscapes, street scenes and interiors. His landscapes are generally mountainous and frequently incorporate a gabled farmhouse. Worked in oil. A graphic artist producing etchings.

Studies: 1900-02 Ambachtsscholen, Amsterdam, where he studied decorating and was awarded the First Prize presented by Paul Kruger. Until 1906 studied at various art schools in the Netherlands.

Profile: A member of the SA society of Artits. Well-known in The Netherlands, where he was commissioned to paint a series of views of the Old Dam in Amsterdam for Queen Wilhelmina. Travelled extensively throughout SA.

Exhibitions: 1922 Johannesburg, first of numerous solo exhibitions in SA, London and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); participated in group exhibitions from 1925; 1981 Total Gallery, Johannesburg, Memorial Exhibition.

Represented: Albany Museum, Grahamstown; Ann Bryant Gallery, East London; Durban Art Gallery; Julius Gordon Africana Centre, Riversdale; National Museum, Bloemfontein; Potchefstroom Museum; Pretoria Art Museum; Rand Afrikaans University; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; SA Cultural History Museum, Cape Town; SA National Gallery, Cape Town; Stedelik Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Thinus de Jongh Memorial Gallery, Stellenbosch; University of South Africa; University of Stellenbosch; William Annadale Art Gallery, Lichtenburg.

Public Commission: 1923 Groote Schuur Hospitaal, medical Illustrations for training purposes.


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