Van Looy, Jan (1882-1971)

Van Looy, Jan (1882-1971)

Jan Van Looy was an accomplished Belgian painter of still lifes, impressionistic landscapes and interiors. He trained in Brussels at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and his mature understanding of the Flemish old masters underpinned many of his works, particularly with regard to his colouring.

His works often carry a sense of controlled spontaneity - e.g. he unleashed his heart while also respecting his formal academic training and the rich artistic heritage of the low countries. He's represented in numerous public collections.


Paris Salon, Société Royale des Beaux-Arts

Public Collections

Royal Museum(s) of Fine Arts in Brussels, Ghent Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts of Tournai, Brighton & Hove Museum.



Born in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium to Joseph Victor Van Looy, a servant, and Petronella Adela Nootens, a shopkeeper.

Studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels.


Married Petronella Josepha Agneessens.


Awarded the Prix de l’Yser at the Paris Salon.


Died in Schaerbeek, Belgium.

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