Born in Tournai, Belgium in 1882, Jan van Looy was to become a talented Impressionist painter of portraits, landscapes, still-lifes and interiors. Working in oil, watercolor and gouache his paintings are full of vitality and attention to detail.
His first art instruction came at a very early age when his cousin, the painter Pieter Stobbaerts, gave him drawing instruction. At fourteen he attended the art school of Tervueren followed in 1897 with his enrollment at the Brussels Academy. Remaining there for three years he subsequently settled in Brussels and became a friend of the artist Jean Laudy.
Jan van Looy was above all an innovator and helped create a number of important art colonies and societies including ‘Le Sillon’. A frequent exhibitor at most of Belgium’s premier academies, his paintings are admired for their delicate touch and pleasing palette.
Examples of his oil painting can be seen in the museums of Brussels, Ghent and Mechelen.