In french one would say about Jan Baartmans ” a petit maitre” . Translated in dutch “een kleine meester” and in english ….. a lesser known master painter.
Baartmans is not known at all and only locally he is presented in the last few decades. One of these occasions was at the ‘de Markiezenhof” in Bergen op Zoom in 1995, organized and financed for the greatest part by his family . Look at his paintings and one sees influences of the impressionists and fauves, but also ,” just around the corner ” some neo-impressionist influences. A touch of Signac and Rijsselberghe is present .
I am convinced that there are admirers amoong my reqaders and for those know that i have teh MARKIEZENHOF publication from 1995 now available at www.ftn-books.com