Jan Verkade

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Jan Verkade in 1912 when he had become Father Willibrord

Johannes Sixtus Gerhardus (Jan) Verkade (18 September 1868 - 19 July 1946) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. In the early 1890s, frequented the circles of Paul Gauguin and of Les Nabis. Converted to Roman Catholicism, he entered the Benedictine Archabbey of Beuron and worked close to Desiderius Lenz, leader of the Beuron Art School; his name was changed to Father Willibrord.


Jan Verkade was born in Zaandam, the son of industrialist Ericus Verkade. For two years and a half, 1887–1889, he studied at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 1891, he moved to Paris, where he met Paul Gauguin, Meijer de Haan and Paul Sérusier, and frequented the circle of Les Nabis. After Gauguin's departure for the South Seas, Verkade traveled to Brittany, accompanied by Mogens Ballin.


  • Boyle-Turner, Caroline: 'Jan Verkade: Hollandse volgeling van Gauguin, with contributions by Adolf Smitmans, J. A. van Beers and Tim Huisman, Waanders, Zwolle & Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam (exh. 11 March - 21 May), 1989 ISBN 90-6630-171-6
  • Frèches-Thory, Claire, & Perucchi-Petry, Ursula, ed.: Die Nabis: Propheten der Moderne, Kunsthaus Zürich & Grand Palais, Paris & Prestel, Munich 1993 ISBN 3-7913-1969-8 (German), (French)