Jan Linse in artist’s Studio, Oudedijk, Rotterdam –
Alexander Henri Robert van Maasdijk , 1882
Oil on canvas
Alexander Henri Robert van Maasdijk (Brussels, 1 October 1856 – Rotterdam, 4 March 1931) was a Dutch painter.
Van Maasdijk was born in Brussels, where his father Henricus (Henri) van Maasdijk (1807-1873) from the Netherlands was a pastor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels and then lived for some time in Düsseldorf. In 1881 he moved to Katwijk aan Zee and two years later to Rotterdam.
In Rotterdam he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts and Technical Sciences from 1892 to 1920. Among his pupils were Constant Joseph Alban, Wim de Groot, Pieter den Besten, Henk Chabot, Martinus Leonard Middelhoek, George Pletser, Gerrit Willem van Yperen and Huibert Antonie Ravenswaaij.
Van Maasdijk was known as a history and genre painter. He lived at the end of his life at the Noordblaak in Rotterdam. He was buried at the General Cemetery Crooswijk. His grave monument, a ‘fence’ with five sculpted heads, was made by five of his pupils.