Born on February 24, 1835, Jan Evert Morel lived and worked in Amsterdam for most of his life and exhibited there between 1853 and 1874. He was the son and pupil of the marine painter C. J. Morel (1798-1861). Unlike his father, Jan specialized in wooded landscapes. One of Morel’s major influences was the Dutch artist B.C. Koekkoek, who painted many wooded landscapes which were Italianate in manner. Although Morel sometimes painted on a grander scale, most of his works are small, panel paintings of delicately rendered landscapes with figures. His work typifies nineteenth century Dutch landscapes, which combined a romantic feeling for nature with a classically inspired technique. Morel died in Weesp on May 14, 1905.