Johan Cohen Gosschalk

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Self-portrait (date unknown)
Portrait of Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger

Johan Henri Gustaaf Cohen, known as Johan Cohen Gosschalk (3 November 1873, Amsterdam - 18 May 1912, Amsterdam) was a Dutch jurist, graphic artist and painter of Jewish ancestry. His sister, Meta Cohen Gosschalk [nl], also became a well known painter.


His father, Salomon, was a dealer in dairy products. He originally studied law. Between 1897 and 1900, he took private painting lessons from Jan Veth in Bussum. In 1902, he received permission, by Royal decree, to add his mother's maiden name to his own.[1] Most of his works were portraits or landscapes. He was a member of Arti et Amicitiae and the Kunstenaarsvereniging Sint Lucas [nl]. In addition to painting, he was an art critic and wrote articles for De Kroniek [nl], Elsevier's Geïllustreerd Maandschrift and Onze Kunst.

In 1901, he married Johanna Bonger, the widow of Theo van Gogh, who had died in 1891. They built a villa, named "Eikenhof", in Bussum, but lived there only a short time before moving to Amsterdam. In 1905, he helped to organize an exhibition of the works of Vincent van Gogh at the Stedelijk Museum, and wrote the introduction for the catalogue. After that, he continued his efforts to make Van Gogh's work more widely known.[2]

Always in poor health, his condition worsened after 1910 and he spent much of his time bedridden or in a sanatorium. When he died, Johanna held a retrospective exhibition of his work.[3] Later, she resumed calling herself Van Gogh-Bonger. In 1913, his mother, Christina, established a fund for the "Cohen-Gosschalk Prize [nl]"; to be awarded to promising students at the Rijksakademie.


  1. ^ Meyjes, I. (2007) Johanna van Gogh-Bongler: kunsthandelaar? Deventer: Uitgeverij Scriptio.
  2. ^ Lies van de Beek, Margot Jongedijk, Harry Tijssen, Kunstenaressen op de noordelijke Veluwe, 1880-1950, VanSpijk/Rekafa Publishers ISBN 978-90-621-6866-8
  3. ^ Johan Cohen Gosschalk. "Tentoonstelling zijner nagelaten werken bij Van Gogh, Amsterdam" in Elsevier's Geïllustreerd Maandschrift, 1913

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