Horses and figure

Born The Hague, Holland 1861; died Australia, 1941


Jan Hendrik Scheltema originally worked in Holland as a portrait painter. Following his arrival in Australia he began to focus on picturesque pastoral scenes, incorporating animals as the primary subject. Many of these images have a soft romantic quality generated by the artist’s depiction of early morning landscapes shrouded in mist or fog.

Examples of Scheltema’s paintings are held in collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery.