Anthon van Rappard

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G. A. Ridder van Rappard, (1858-1892) portrait by unknown photographer

Anthon Gerard Alexander van Rappard (May 14, 1858, Zeist – March 21, 1892, Santpoort) was a Dutch painter and draughtsman. He was a pupil of Lawrence Alma-Tadema and for about four years a friend and mentor of Vincent van Gogh, who is said to have appreciated him for his social engagement, among other reasons.


Workers at a brickworks

According to the RKD he worked in Paris, Brussels, Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Terschelling before moving to Santpoort,[1] he studied at the Rijksakademie and was a member of the Utrecht artist societies "Kunstliefde" and " Utrechtse Kunstkring" (which he founded with his friend Ludwig Willem Reymert Wenckebach), and "Arti et Amicitiae" in Amsterdam.[1]

The letters Van Gogh wrote to Van Rappard during their correspondence in the years 1881-1885[1] are a main source for Van Gogh's biography and work. Today, Van Rappard's works are rare due to his short life, his paintings are highly prized.



  • Jaap W. Brouwer, Jan Laurens Siesling & Jacques Vis, Anthon van Rappard, companion & correspondent of Vincent van Gogh; his life & all his works, De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam & Gary Schwartz, Maarssen 1974 ISBN 90-295-3441-9

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