Johannes Theodorus (Jan) Toorop (Poerworedjo, 20 december 1858 – Den Haag, 3 maart 1928) was one of the most important Dutch artists from the period 1880-1910. At first he painted in an impressionist style, later through the pointillism he developed to be a symbolic painter.
In Kanaal Middelburg Vlissingen (1909), the way the colors are put together almost reminds of the bricks of a building, especially on the water-part. In this painting there is a precision and cleanliness of line very reminiscent of Seurat.
The painting displays more mobility than Toorops previous works, color blocks are put less frequently and the shoreline has a broken course.
Kanaal Middelburg-Vlissingen | Jan Toorop
The floor pattern based on Kanaal Middelburg-Vlissingen is projected on the 6th floor of Castalia. This is a floor of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, so the painting used here reflects on these themes. This office floor holds open and closed working places, meeting rooms and a lounge.