M. (MARIE) VAN REGTEREN ALTENA
1868 Amsterdam - 1958 Amsterdam
Marie was 22 when she took painting lessons from George Jan Hendrik Poggenbeek. He taught her still life painting and helped her with the rendering of form, light and shadow, color tones and so forth. Following this, she attends the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. There she got to know Jo Strumff, Lizzy Assingh, Nelly Bodenheim, Ans van den Berg, Coba Ritsema, Jacoba Surie and Betsy Westendorp-Osieck and together they formed "The Amsterdam Joffers" since 1912. She attended Allebé's painting class in 1896, and suddenly had to leave the Academy for health reasons. When her health improved, she rented a studio near the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam where she was taught by the painter-etcher M.W. van der Valk. She made a study trip to Prague, Rome and the south of France. After her trip, she returns to live with her parents in Apeldoorn, where she kept her studio. She stays there until 1917 and then returns to Amsterdam permanently. She becomes a member of Arti et Amicitae, St. Lucas and Pulchri Studio in The Hague. Marie paints mostly still lifes, which become increasingly bold in color. Her refined way of painting and her technical perfection are unsurpassed. She has participated in a number of exhibitions at Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Singer Museum in Laren and the Hague and Rijksmuseum, among others. She has also exhibited in Vienna, Venice, Barcelona and Edinburgh. Marie van Regteren Altena died in Amsterdam on July 6, 1958.