Amsterdam 1765 - Amsterdam 1833


A pupil of the sculptor Christiaan Welmeer, Jean Bernard studied at the Stadstekenacademie in Amsterdam. As an amateur artist, he produced paintings of animals and some portraits, although he was particularly known as a draughtsman and watercolourist. He was also active as an art collector.

Drawings by Jean Bernard are quite rare today. A large group of drawings of animals, birds and fish, as well as studies of plants and flowers, trees, landscapes and figures, was donated to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam by the artist’s descendants in 1904. Other drawings by the artist are today in the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Rijksprentenkabinet in Leiden, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo and the Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam.