Jan Sluijters | Eduard Flipse

Artist: Jan Sluijters (1881-1957)
Artwork: Eduard Flipse (1956)
Collection: de Doelen
Acquisition: Doelen percentage scheme for art

Jan Sluijters mainly painted landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits. He drew inspiration from Piet Mondrian and cubism, emerging as a pioneer of Dutch modernism before World War I. Later, he tempered his experimental tendencies and tried his hand at being a society painter, painting numerous portraits of well-known fellow countrymen. One such portrait is of Eduard Flipse (1896-1973), who served as the conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 1926 to 1962. The painting depicts the conductor in full regalia. Its placement above the staircase makes it look as though he is welcoming visitors to the Doelen. The purchase of the painting was funded through the budget of the percentage scheme.