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Finding aid for the J. G. van Gelder papers, ca. 1930-1980
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Dutch art historian. Correspondence, notes, photographs, offprints, and annotated books and journals, the bulk organized according to the historical period or artist to which the material pertains. The largest single group of material belongs to the re-publication project of J. B. de la Faille's catalogue raisonné of the work of Vincent van Gogh.
Jan Gerrit van Gelder was the eldest son of H.E. van Gelder (1876-1960) who was director of the municipal museum of The Hague from 1912 to 1941. In 1922, while still at the gymnasium in The Hague, he published his first article on Dutch landscape painting from the 16th to the 20th century. In 1923 Van Gelder enrolled as a student in art history at the University of Utrecht. He studied there with W. Vogelsang, then one of the most prominent art historians in the Netherlands. However, Van Gelder did not spend much time at Utrecht while studying for his degree; already in 1924, he obtained a position as research assistant at Museum Boymans in Rotterdam. He remained at Boymans until 1940, and, from 1936, was conservator of the library and the print collection. In 1933, he received his doctoral degree for his dissertation dealing with the role of Jan van de Velde in early seventeenth century Dutch painting.
18.0 linear feet (37 boxes)
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