Jacob van Strij was born in 1756 in Dordrecht, Holland. His father, a well known painter and drawer, was his first teacher.
Later on van Strij studied at the ‘Academy of Arts ‘in Antwerp. His teacher there was Andreas Lens.
After his return to Dordrecht van Strij started to develop his own style. This typical style would later appear to be the source of inspiration for many landscape painters after him; romancing a cattle in an open landscape. Van Strij followed the 17th.century painter Aelbert Cuyp so closely in style that many of his paintings now become ‘Cuyps’.
As if it was a human being or a group of them, van Strij centralizes his animals to thinking objects in his compositions; one might even feel they are staring at their audience in stead of the other way around.
Later in his life van Strij suffered from gout. Even though this caused him a lot of pain, van Strij kept on painting until his death in 1815.
Museums who have work of the painter in their collection are;
Museum Boymans van Beuningen -Otterlo,
Rijksprentenkabinet-Amsterdam and the
Thieme/Becker 1907-1950 , vol. 32 (1938), p. 220
Scheen 1969-1970 , vol. 2, p. 410-411
Mandle et al. 1971 , p. 97-99
Waller 1938/1974 , p. 317
Witt Checklist 1978
Scheen 1981 , p. 504, fig.no. 264 (as: Strij, Jacob van)
Erkelens et al. 1986 , p. 16-37
Van Tilborgh/Jansen 1986 , cat.no. 65, 66, p. 163-165