Still life with fruit and knife

Snow on the street

French village

Stable in the dark with rabbi

Mrs. Sluijs as a model

Chat by the door

Portrait of an old man

Man at table lamp

Market scene


Old woman with basket

Two women with basket of vegetables

Knitting and beer

Orange cart with berries

Skinny Bridge, Amsterdam

The water, fire & peat store

Woman on chair in front of the door

The shoemaker

Heroic self-portrait

Woman with newspaper in the doorway

Sunday morning, man with cigar

Orange cart


Market scene

Two women in busy conversation with milk bucket

Portrait in blue with hat

Two women in blue apron talking to man

Walking man with violin, in green.

Construction site, Amsterdam

Beach view with mobile homes

Refugees, WW1

Outgoing synagogue, with man in top hat

Largest painting, market.

Market Houttuinen, Amsterdam

Algeria, No. 1

Colorful market stable

Algeria, No. 2


Man with pipe


on a bench

in front of the shop door

self-portrait with hat


bunch on the bridge

man and woman talking

on the market

talking while walking

fabric saleswoman on the market

vegetable saleswoman on the market

street vendor

hot drink seller

cat on the stairs

Large self-portrait

market with girl with red dress and hat

mother with children and dog.

self-portrait for the easel

pleasant position

my heart beats with a sharp tap

socially critical drawing

Neighborhood market

Self-portrait of Gerard Johan Staller

Het schetsboekje van Gerard Johan Staller

Puck, 29 oktober 1921

Dolly and Waldman


vrouwtje op trap



het café

zittende vrouw

stadsgezicht, (niet af)

Juffrouw past op je hondje

een herinnering

Gezicht op Amsterdam

Binnen-Amstel, Amsterdam


twee marktvrouwen

Algerije, nr. 3

Pietje Puk


woman with dog

a nice view

een heele geschiedenis

Market on the Jonas Daniël Meijerplein

the rag seller

Gerard Johan Staller

Gerard Johan Staller
“The painter of Amsterdam’s Jewish folk life”

Amsterdam 1880 – 1956 Amsterdam

Gerard Johan Staller was a Dutch painter, illustrator, draftsman, graphic artist, watercolorist, etcher, and plateel painter. He initially worked for the ceramic industry, but later focused entirely on painting.

He lived and worked in Amsterdam for most of his life.

Staller, himself of non-Jewish descent, grew up close to the Jewish neighborhood on Rapenburg. He lived, among other things, at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 55, from before 1911 to after 1921, and at Haarlemmerstraat 5, 3-high, around. 1950.

The city and the Jewish population, that lived in it, appealed to him as subjects for his paintings.

His work consists mainly of Amsterdam cityscapes and folk scenes of the Jewish quarter around Waterlooplein and the Jordaan, and mainly depict the working life of the simple Jewish population.

Staller had a preference for the fringes of society, market traders, merchants, fishmongers frequently figure in his works. Around 1902 he could also regularly be spotted in Artis with his sketchbook.

His work spans half a century in Amsterdam, and as said; especially the way things are done in the Jewish Quarter, and therefore has great historical significance.

Gerard Johan Staller was praised as; “The painter of Amsterdam’s Jewish folk life”.

His paintings are often beautifully worked through and atmospheric and is clearly influenced by impressionism.

In addition to a few trips to Belgium, Germany and Algeria (1926), he spent almost his entire life in Amsterdam. Staller also received his education in Amsterdam at the State Normal School for Sign Teachers, the Institute of Applied Arts Education and the Rijksakademie of visual arts (1902-1905).

He was one of August Allebé favorite students.

In 1913 he was the winner of the Willink van Collen prize.

Staller was a member of Arti et Amicitiae and the Sint Lucas Association in Amsterdam from 1931 to 1944.

It is told that he had a Jewish girlfriend, and he remained a member of these art associations during WW2 as a cover.

Unfortunately his girlfriend was arrested, deported and killed in Sobibor.

Staller became so depressed because of this, that he never again wanted to paint paintings about the Jewish neighborhood and gave away all the paintings he still had in his studio.

He was the teacher of Frits Schiller, the amateur painter who owned the Schiller Hotel annex café on Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam.

He died lonely and alone, at the age of 76, in his studio, where he was found a few days after his death.

Source: wikipedia / rkd / artindex

Deceased after WWIIArti et AmicitiaeArtis during WWIIAugust AllebéKunstenaars in Amsterdam