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DOUVEN Jan Frans van (b. 1656, Roermond, d. 1727, Dusseldorf) Nationality : Dutch

Dutch portrait painter belonging to the Dutch Leiden School. Born in the Netherlands, he spent most of his life as Court painter in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he created most of his works. According to Houbraken, his father Gerard Douven was a canon priest in the Roermond chapter and had spent several years in Rome, where he learned to appreciate art. He gave his enthusiasm to his son taught him Latin by age eleven and some art techniques. His father died young however (aged 33), and his mother apprenticed him for two years in Liege under the supervision of the painter Gabriel Lambertin (who had also studied in Rome).

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