Henry van Velthuysen (Tandjoeng (Nederlands-Indië) 1881 – Den Haag 1954)
Dessa in the forest
Oil on panel
40*50 cm unframed
42*54 cm framed
Van Velthuysen studied Fine Arts at the University of California - Berkeley and then settled in Batavia in 1905. His work consists mainly of oil paintings, while a single drawing has also been preserved. His genres are mainly portraits, still lifes, landscapes and poster designs. He is considered to be one of the so-called "Beautiful Indies painters".
He co-painted the diorama of the Dutch East Indies pavilion at the Colonial World Exhibition in Paris in 1931. In 1937 he took part in the peace exhibition in Nagoya (Japan) with several very large oil paintings. Van Velthuysens works have been included in the public collections of Wereldmuseum Rotterdam and Museum Nusantara in Delft.
In addition to being a painter, he owned the Papyrus printing office and was an editor and art critic at the Reflector. This illustrated weekly for the Dutch East Indies appeared from late 1915 to 16 December 1922 and was popular among Indo-Europeans.