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Jan Sluijters one of the pioneers of modernism

05 10 2021

Jan Sluijters, together with Leo Gestel and Piet Mondriaan, is one of the pioneers of modernism in the Netherlands. His development and enthusiasm received an impulse in Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century. Here he becomes acquainted with new styles and techniques. Neo-impressionism, Fauvism, Luminism and Cubism, he embraces it all, but gives it his own twist. Jan Sluijters is especially fascinated by the work of the Fauvists with their bright colors and color contrasts. He finds the early work of Paul Gauguin particularly interesting, as do the paintings of Matisse. Van Gogh and Kees van Dongen, who lives in Paris, also had a major influence on Sluijters’ development. His experiences in Paris resulted in expressive canvases, often intense in colour. This watercolor of a luscious summer bouquet is a burst of soft tones. The pastel colors harmonize nicely with the bright purple-blue accents

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Willem Roelof – Dutch polder landscape

29 09 2021

The mills, the river with an impressive cloudy sky: how Dutch do you want it to be! For Willem Roelofs, the Dutch polder landscape, with waving reeds and windmills on the horizon, is his most important subject. Roelofs is regarded as one of the pioneers of the Hague School. Initially, the Amsterdam-born artist works in a classical style, but gradually his style becomes more and more impressionistic. Certainly after his acquaintance with the painters of the Barbizon School. Willem Roelofs is one of the first Dutch artists to travel to Fontainebleau, where, like his French colleagues, he prefers to paint en plein air. His painterly touch loosens up. Willem Roelofs also pays a lot of attention to the light on his landscapes, especially the interplay between sun and shadow he finds interesting. Willem Roelofs – he is the teacher of, among others, Hendrik Willem Mesdag

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Jan Sluijters and his sensual nudes

17 03 2021

Jan Sluijters is one of the pioneers of Modernism in the Netherlands. Painting nude models was a popular subject for Jan Sluijters. His nudes were criticized at the time, it was considered offensive. But his sensual nudes are now among his most beloved subjects. Jan Sluijters Lying nude

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Johannes Akkeringa painter of refined flower still lifes

01 03 2021

Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa was very successful in painting intimate and refined flower still lifes. Akkeringa preferred to paint snow berries or roses and nasturtiums in a ginger jar. These vases were fashionable around 1900 and were imported from China to Europe in large quantities.

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Robert Zandvliet – Untitled

05 02 2021

Although you have to undergo his abstract paintings without naming exactly what you see or experience, our first asscociations might be right. For example, Robert Zandvliet called the series of works with flowing color bands his “highway series”, in which you can see the road pattern from above. In his non-figurative work, Robert Zandvliet realizes an almost Willem de Kooning-like spatiality. However, it never becomes completely abstract, there is always a link to the figurtive. Untitled, 2002, Tempera on canvas, 65 x 45 cm

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