Jan Simon Knikker Sr. lived and worked in Hillegom, Leiden, Wassenaar and The Hague.
Already as a child Jan Simons’ talent was obvious and later on he ecame a well known 'Hague' landscape painter.
Working uniquely with oil on canvas, he is a master in creating a melancholic atmosphere.
His fabulous technique is capable to paint a perfect naturalistic scene with just a couple of brushstrokes. His son, Jan Knikker Jr., is a famous painter as well.
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