Jan Jacob Spohler was born in Nederhorst a la Montagne on 7th November 1811. He studied under J.W. Pieneman at the Amsterdam Academy and devoted his life to the portrayal of the Dutch countryside.
Spohler was painting during the height of the Dutch Romantic movement in Holland and he followed in the footsteps of the great master Andreas Schelfhout. Like Schefhout, Spohler was comfortable painting winter and summer landscapes, capturing the atmosphere of both with equal skill. The artist often included small groups of figures in his work, giving us a delightful insight into life at that time.
Spohler travelled extensively throughout Holland during his working life, living in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Brussels, The Hague, Leiden and Rotterdam at one time or another. He finally returned to Amsterdam again 1861 and he died there five years later on 15th June 1866.
His work can be seen in the museums of Haarlem, Broederpoort and Kampen.