Chris J. A. van Dijk
The Dutch contemporary Impressionist who's living and working in France since 2002 and could be the last living Master impressionist.
Impressionism remains highly relevant in a historical sense, as an important artistic movement associated with innovation and modernity. But it is also alive today as a way of looking at the world that influences the vision of contemporary artists.To offer one notable example, the artist Chris van Dijk paints in a Impressionistic style.
"The object of my art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity."
Professional impressionist painter Chris van Dijk. Born in 1952, Den Bosch ( Bois le Duc ), The Netherlands ( Pays Bas ). Moved with his parents to The Hague at the age of two. He learned percussion at the Hague Conservatory and played as a drummer in various bands including Big Wheel and in a few dancing disco bands such as Dutch Dimension and The Jet Set.
.He married his wife Ankie Mooiman in 1974, they lived in The Hague and Gorinchem. In the year 2003 Chris and Ankie moved to the Dordogne, France.
Gradually he became a mature painter who's now considered to be an important and continuing link in the rich tradition of European impressionism.
Friends living in the 'Parc naturel regional du Morvan', Bourgogne, made him aware of a lovely house with a fantastic studio. In 2017 Chris and his wife Ankie decided to move from the Dordogne to the Bourgogne in France.
First and foremost I am an impressionist after that, I am other things. . . . . .
His paintings are a good mix of the works of the Post-Impressionists like Albert André, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Gustave Loiseau and Maxime Mauffra or the impressionist paintings of Camille Pissaro, Pierre August Renoir and Claude Monet.
the paintings of Chris van Dijk often feature woman and children but he paints also Ballerina's and animals like horses and swans. He can be considered as one of the most important Contemporay Impressionists of the 21e century'. His paintings are sought by art collectors worldwide .
Most scenes look unposed, as if the subjects were caught unawares. Most of the time, the people in his paintings are engrossed in their daily activities, such as playing in the sand on the beach, walking in a landscape picking wildflowers and poppies. They seem to be at home in their natural surroundings. Chris van Dijk's contemporary impressionist paintings are a celebration of the beauty of nature and life.
In 2016 Chris starts his ongoing art project "paintings that could have been made" . these are subjects that would have been perfectly suitable for being painted in earlier times.
Chris van Dijk is an internationally acclaimed Dutch/French impressionist artist. He is a registered artist at the National Service for Art History in the Netherlands. ( RKD Rijksdienst voor kunsthistorische documentatie ).
Chris's paintings are sought after in all countries of the world as he is also very popular in Italy.
Since June 2022, he is an elected member of the Italian "Quia International Guild of Artists".
Studio visit by appointment only.
(Visites de l'atelier uniquement sur rendez-vous.)
Thanks go to my friend and the author of this biography, Claudia Moscovici.
She wrote: Thank you to the hundreds of international artists I have worked with as an art critic over the past 20 years, particularly on the postromantic art movement (Romanticism and Postromanticism), who voted me the 6th most famous female art critic in the world, on ranker.com, the largest database of opinions, with more than 1 billion votes. I'm so honored to be appreciated for doing what I love: writing about art!