To living model

In the exhibition Naar Levend Model (“To Living Model”), recent donations and loans take center stage. The exhibition features sketches, drawings, and objects by the artists Ties van Dijk (1873-1967), Jan Cornelis Bander (1885-1956), Léonie Bander-Lutomirski (1887-1982), and Wijnand Otto Jan Nieuwenkamp (1874-1954).
The four partly lived and worked simultaneously in Edam. The models they chose included family members, acquaintances, loved ones, their muses, or models selected out of ethnographic interest. Their passion for drawing is clearly visible in their work.
“Naar Levend Model” showcases the artists at work, with significant attention given to headgear, headdresses, caps, hats, and veils worn by the sitters. Leonie Lutomirski and Jan Bander met at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. They were students of Nicolaas van der Waay (1855-1936). This artist and teacher at the Academy visited the Edam Museum most frequently to work. It is highly likely that Lutomirski and Bander, as students of Van der Waay, visited the Edam Museum between 1906 and 1911. Nieuwenkamp, at that time vice chairman of the Edam Museum, already resided in Edam and exhibited with Jan Bander in a group exhibition in Amsterdam in 1911.
Jan and Léonie Bander-Lutomirski moved to Edam in 1918. In 1920, Jan Bander was appointed as a teacher at the Stadsteekenschool. The couple became friends with draftsman and sculptor Ties van Dijk, a drawing teacher at Stadsteekenschool since 1903. His muse and model was Toos Hulst (1915-2000), daughter of the owner of Café Buitenlust on the Volendammerpad in Edam. Images of Toos and other objects from their own collection, most of which had been hidden in storage for years, will be exhibited for the first time in the Edam Museum.

Jan Bander, by his wife   Leonie.