Cornelia de Gavere was born in Batavia, Java, East Indies on January 25, 1877. Her parents, Dutch missionaries, died when
she was six. She grew up in Gronigen, Holland with her uncle and aunt. She drew and painted in her spare time while working
as an assistant pharmacist in Amsterdam. After receiving encouragement from Dutch artist George Windt, she enrolled at the
Royal Academy of Art, the Hague in 1907.
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