Jan Mankes was a painter who loved painting nature.
Jan Mankes was born in 1889 in Meppel, Netherlands. When he turned 15, he moved to Delft and worked as an appearance painter in a glass factory for 3 years (1905-1908). He took classes at the Academy of Fine Arts!
Derkzan van Angeren, was an amazing artist and inspired lots of people, one of those people was Jan Mankes who lived in the same town as he, and was inspired to become a free artist like Derkzan.
In the year 1909 he lived with is parents and settled inside their house which was surrounded by farm animals, there he started to paint masterpieces.
Two years before he painted the landscape up above (1915), he married Annie Zernike, whom was the first female minister in Netherlands. Jan Mankes was now suffering from tuberculosis so he and his wife decided to relocate in Erbeek Gelderland. The were hoping that this would provide a healthier enviroment. There were some brief days that he was fine and he took that time to paint. 1920 was the most sad year for both Annie and Jan, it became clear for both of them that he would not recover and in that same year he died.