Welcome to September and the Beginning of a New School Year!
September is my favouite month of the year, which dates back to my childhood. September signaled back to school and a new year of learning. With the warmth of summer fun still with me, I organized my school supplies and set up a new time schedule for my studies. I loved the first day of school.
This September, I feel that same sense of a new learning experience as I travel virtually to the Rijksmuseum to view “The First Day of School” by Jean Baptiste Vanmour,
Jean Batiste Vanmour was a Flemish-French painter, known for his detailed portrayal of life in the Ottoman Empire during the rule of Sultan Ahmed III. This was in the Tulip Era, a period marked by relative peace before the advent of great change.
Thank you for traveling with me on this virtual adventure.
Click on Painting to View the Story of “The First Day of School”
Nothing is known about the training of the French artist Vanmour (1671-1737) and his early years as a painter. In 1699 he left for Istanbul, in the retinue of the new French ambassador, Marquis Charles de Ferriol. There Vanmour painted representatives of the government and various population groups. When De Ferriol returned to France in 1711, Vanmour stayed behind and worked for various Western diplomats, including Cornelis Calkoen. Calkoen had been appointed ambassador to the Ottoman Empire by the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands in 1727; he was also an art collector and gave Vanmour several commissions. To meet the great demand for paintings, Vanmour had his compositions reproduced in his studio by assistants. Yet he was in need of money in the last years of his life. The artist lived and worked in Istanbul until his death in 1737. Rijksmuseum