Jan Hendrik Scheltema

Born The Hague, Holland 1861, arrived Australia c.1890, died 1938

Jan Hendrik Scheltema trained at the Royal Academy in Brussels and originally worked in Holland as a portrait painter. Following his arrival in Australia in 1890 he began to focus on picturesque pastoral scenes, incorporating horses or cattle as the primary subject. Many of these images have a soft romantic quality generated by the artist’s depiction of early morning landscapes shrouded in mist or fog.

Scheltema is thought to have been colour-blind, and it is perhaps for this reason that he is known to have collaborated with many landscape artists, including John Mather and Charles Rolando, adding scenes of horses or cattle to their landscape views.

Examples of Scheltema’s paintings are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery.

Bio from the CBUS art collection site.