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Thijs van de Griendt left P.M. Slager

SOURCE: The painters family Slager and its museum. 

Author: Thijs van de Griendt 

Petrus Marinus Slager 

With Petrus Marinus Slager (1841-1912) Starts the Painting family; of his ten children, four also enter painting and receive their first training as an artist from their father himself. They are the eldest son, called Pieter or Piet; Frans, who is actually called Frédéric François; and the two daughters Jeannette and Corry. If Piet Jr. marries the painter Suze Velsen and Frans with the painter Marietje van Gilse, and another son, non-artist Hein, but has a son who later also starts drawing and painting, the eight painting family members are complete. Ancestor PM - in intimate circle without more PM or also called 'the old gentleman' - was born in 1841 in Den Bosch. First a pupil of the Bossche Koninklijke School, he returned to Den Bosch after his further education at the Academy of Antwerp, now as a teacher in 'large antiques' and 'life' at the same Bossche art school. Although he was a versatile painter. specialized Slager herself as a portraitist and became, to work with Dr. FA Vercammen: the most important portrait painter of his period in Brabant. And Huib Luns, who himself had worked as director of the Art School in Den Bosch for five years, and later wrote so fondly and appreciatively about the Bossche art life of that time, says about the work of PM Slager: 'in his best portraits there is a solid power with a nice feeling for clearly defined form, a nice understanding of paint treatment and light….' And about one of those best portraits, that of a veteran he writes enthusiastically; 'a very meaningful painting with unparalleled characteristics and something great in it, which, through the Belgian Navez, even reminds us of David for a while ... I have known this work for several years, I see it each time with greater pleasure and each time differently, then with something Van Holbein 

Overprint from Brabantia in May 1973 

Archive: Museum Slager 

in it, then again that curious plastic head of Spanish memories suggests to me. What a gifted man should Piet Slager have been'. So far Luns. And as ABM Brans in 1948 about the Exposition van de Familie Slager in the Van Abbemuseum writes that PM Slager his pictorial experiences, after seeing his fellow citizens sharply but from a distance. in a series of portraits, 'all without exception painted in a dark tone, seemingly cool, seemingly businesslike, but all, without exception, forming the most realistic documentary of all that went into the soul of the nineteenth-century citizen or middle-class woman : in the merchant-tradesman, in the municipal magistrate from the province. . that is how old Petrus Marinus recorded his Objects for almost half a century. Besides the special pleasure of viewing the portraits that for Brans are monuments of the seemingly unshakable attitude to life of that time, he enjoys even more the purely painterly beauty in those works of PM  Slager are not born of a particular assignment: an 'old lady', for example, apparently a chance studio encounter, an expression of touching poetic beauty and pictorial certainty ... '
Piet Slager Sr. however, has not only been a gifted creative artist; perhaps his teaching position at the Bossche art school had even more influence: helping young people discover artistic gifts for forty years and then bringing them to their first development, which means, No wonder that the enthusiastically stimulating teacher, partly because of his own great artist example, has had a staff of former students, including famous names such as Pieter de Josselin de Jong, Antoon Derkinderen, Jan Sluijters, Jan Bogaerts, Jan and Theo van Delft, Frans Kops, Dorus Hermsen, Herman Moerkerk and then his own gifted two sons and two daughters ...

Below an overprint of this article from Brabantia

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