Artists of the moment…….Jessie and Cornelis Botke

Cornelius Botke was a wonderful painter and printmaker born in Leewarden, Netherlands in the year 1857. Botke attended college in Haarlem, Netherlands at the School of Applied Design. Cornelius Botke enjoyed painting the landscape and many of his prints have the subject matter of trees.

In 1906 he came to the United States and settled in Chicago. There he attended the Chicago Institute of Art and studied architecture. Whilst in Chicago he would meet his wife, painter Jessie Arms Botke.

After getting married the couple spent more than one decade not traveling and painting around the globe. The Botke family then settled in California where Cornelius painted the landscape and Jessie painted the landscape in addition to her remarkable birds. The couple received a great deal of commissions and for the first part of the life in California they were based out of Carmel, California.

Cornelis Botke passed away in 1954.

Price range information: Prints start around $3,000 and originals in oils may reach $20,000.


Jessie Arms Botke

Jessie Botke was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1883. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessie Botke was renown for her fantastic paintings of birds in lush landscapes.

Her favorite bird to paint was the peacock. Jessie Botke received a commission to paint a peacock and in the process found her favorite subject matter.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $100,000. Botke was a printmaker but also worked with watercolors, gouache, and oils.

In this clip a great selection of works by Jessie Botke:

Jessie Botke passed away in 1971.

Botke reminds me most of American painter of floral works, Mary Alice Williams, both artists worked with flowers and in many cases incorporated gold and silver leaf into their works. A great blend of realism and imagination!


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