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Jurriaan Andriessen

1742–1819, Amsterdam

The artistic career of the painter and draughtsman Jurriaan Andriessen reflects the contemplative nature of the Amsterdam art scene during the second half of the 18th century. The artist served his apprenticeship under Anthony Elliger and Jan Maurits Quinkhard in Amsterdam, becoming a member of the drawing academy there in 1760 and its director in 1794. In the 1760s Andriessen specialized in designs for wallpaper and wall decorations and also made landscapes with accessory figures. However, it is for his achievements as a teacher that he is mainly remembered. Starting in 1805, the artist ran a private academy for nude drawing in his house on the Amstel. The roll of Andriessen’s pupils is long and features such well-known names as Daniel Dupré, Jean Grandjean, Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk and Hendrik Voogt.