Art: In Father's Footsteps

In Father's Footsteps The full name of the little Dutch girl was Annie Caroline Pontifex Toorop, but her masterful painter-father Jan soon cut it down to plain "Charley"—explaining that he just liked the name. Father Jan was less masterful in his attempts to make Charley study art; she determined to study music instead. But Jan Toorop won in the end: when Charley's marriage broke up, leaving her with three small children to raise, she turned to painting to help make ends meet.

Last week a retrospective show of 146 oils, sketches and prints in The Hague's Municipal Museum showed why some Dutch...