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The couple went to live with Anna's grandmother in Rijswijk, and their son Jacques Henri Emil was born there on 26 August 1912.Jacques van Meegeren also became a painter; he died on 26 October 1977 in Amsterdam.
On 8 January 1913, he received the prestigious Gold Medal from the Technical University in Delft for his Study of the Interior of the Church of Saint Lawrence (Laurenskerk) in Rotterdam.He made many sketches and drawings of the deer, and painted Hertje (The fawn) in 1921, which became quite popular in the Netherlands.He undertook numerous journeys to Belgium, France, Italy, and England, and acquired a name for himself as a talented portraitist.His father often forced him to write a hundred times, "I know nothing, I am nothing, I am capable of nothing." While attending the Higher Burger School, he met teacher and painter Bartus Korteling (1853–1930) who became his mentor.
Korteling had been inspired by Johannes Vermeer and showed van Meegeren how Vermeer had manufactured and mixed his colours.Korteling had rejected the Impressionist movement and other modern trends as decadent, degenerate art, and his strong personal influence probably led van Meegeren to rebuff contemporary styles and paint exclusively in the style of the Dutch Golden Age.