Gelder, J.G. van (Jan Gerrit), 1903-1980Variant names
Dutch art historian and professor of art history at the Rijksuniversiteit, Utrecht, who concentrated on Dutch and Flemish art, with a particular interest in Van Gogh, Rubens and Rembrandt.
From the description of Papers of J. G. van Gelder, 1925-1980. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 80432823
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.
During the war, Van Gelder worked on the government office for art historical documentation. In 1945, he was appointed director of the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. One year later he accepted a professorship in art history at the University of Utrecht. With this position came the directorship of the Institute for Art History (Kunsthistorisch Instituut) as well. After a drawn-out conflict with other members of the faculty at Utrecht, Van Gelder was given his own research institute by the university (Centrum voor Voortgezet Kunsthistorisch Onderzoek) in 1966. He worked there until his retirement in 1973.
A detailed account of Van Gelder's approach to art history and his place among Dutch art historians can be found in Chris Stolwijk, Die wetenschap noemen Gij en ik kunstgeschiedenis;... Denken over kunstgeschiedenis in Nederland: Jan van Gelder (1903-1980), Steenwijkk: Van Kerkvoorde & Hollander 1952.
From the guide to the J. G. (Jan Gerrit) van Gelder papers, circa 1906-1981, (Getty Research Institute)
|creatorOf||J. G. (Jan Gerrit) van Gelder papers, circa 1906-1981||Getty Research Institute|
|referencedIn||Getty Research Institute. Study photographs of Netherlandish paintings and drawings.||Getty Research Institute|
|creatorOf||Heckscher, William S. (William Sebastian), 1904-. Typed letter signed from William Sebastian Heckscher to J.G. van Gelder, 1961 March 10.||Folger Shakespeare Library|
|creatorOf||Gelder, J. G. van (Jan Gerrit), 1903-1980. Papers of J. G. van Gelder, 1925-1980.||Getty Research Institute|
|referencedIn||Getty Research Institute. Study photographs of Flemish paintings and drawings (post-1600, pre-1800).||Getty Research Institute|
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