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painter, draftsman, decorative painter (of interiors), art dealer (person), painting dealer, printseller, collector
In his house in Friedrichstadt (Fürstenburgwal), Ovens possessed a substantial collection of paintings by Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters. He also aquired many works for the court in Gottorf (Gerson 1942/1983). For Ovens' trade in paintings and prints for Gottorf and Husum, see also Köster 2017, p. 26.
Nationality/school
North Netherlandish, German
At the time of Ovens'birth Tönning was officially a fief of Denmark Stylistically speaking Ovens belongs to the North-Netherlandish School. Gerson 1940/1983, p. 213 sees him as a very important mediator between Dutch art and his fatherland. All in all Ovens spent 22 years of his life in the Republic. No wonder that Gerson calls Ovens 'Dutchified' (“verholländert”).
Born
Tönning 1623
Although the relevant church ledgers concerning his birth, are failing, Jürgens's grandson indicated that the year of his birth was 1623; and in his obituary his age is given as 'Ob.Æt. LV ' (Köster 2017, p. 21).
Deceased
Friedrichstadt (an der Eider) 1678-12-09
Family relationschips
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
Ovens was the oldest of six children from Ove and Agneta Broders from Tönning. It was the second marriage for Agneta. who already had three sons from an earlier marriage with a man called Jürgen. One of Jürgens's own brothers was also (art) merchant and painter (Broder Ovens) (Köster 2017, p. 21)
See also
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See for the important connexions of Ovens with Flinck, Backer, Voorhout and Lingelbach Köster 2017, p. 27-29
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1642 - 1678
his earliest work is dated 1642 (Köster 2017, G47)
Active in
  • Tönning
    He probably recived his first lessons in Tönning. Although the name of his teacher is not known, it may have been Lorens and/or Abraham de Keyster, who were both working for the court of Gottorf (Köster 2017, p. 21-22 )
  • Amsterdam 1638 - 1651
    Somewhere between 1638 and 1651 Ovens was in Amsterdam for the first time (Sumowski 1983, vol. 3, p. 2222, note 7). According to Köster 2017. Jürgen came to Amsterdam c. 1640, where his merchant father had professional contacts.
  • Schleswig 1651 - 1657
    active for Duke Friedrich III von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf. He was initially registered as a 'painter from Amsterdam', but during the year 1651 he came to Gottorf in person for an extensive stay (Köster 2017, p. 23 and p. 53ff)
  • Gottorf 1652
    Ovens was also the contact/ mediator for Gerrit van Uylenburch to the Court in Gottorf (Köster 2017, p. 25)
  • Stockholm 1654
    for this Swedish trip, see: Sumowski 1983, p. 2223, note 25
  • Amsterdam 1657 - 1663
    Ovens acquired the Amsterdam ctizenship on 27 November 1657. After Govaert Flinck's death in the beginning of February 1660, Ovens moved into his Studio (Sumowski, p. 2218). In the beginning of June 1663 he left Amsterdam and moved to Friedrichstadt an der Eider (See the correspondence between Johan de Witt and Pieter de Graeff of April and May 1663, published in Leupe 1874 and Fruin 1922). See also Köster 2017, p. 109-171
  • Antwerpen 1657 - 1663
    Ovens travelled to Antwerp between 1657 and 1663 (Sumowski 1983, vol. 3, p. 2223, note 25). Older literature assumes a presence in England in 1659, but no evidence for this has been found (Sumowski 1983, vol. 3, p. 2223, note 25)
  • Friedrichstadt (an der Eider) 1663 - 1678
    Köster 2017, p. 173-293
  • Gottorf
  • Hamburg 1667 - 1668
    c. 1667/68 (Sumowski 1983, vol. 3, p. 2223, noot 25)
  • Amsterdam 1670 - 1673
    at some point in the early 1670s (communication P. Larsen, October 2017)
  • Hamburg 1677
    Sumowski 1983, vol. 3, p. 2223, note 25
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genre, history (as a genre), portrait, still life
Medium/technique
oil paint
Entered on: 1992-01-19; Modification on: 2018-10-05

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