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Between Amsterdam and Paris: the Dutch avant-garde at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
By the classical moderns we mean the Dutch artists who became known in the first quarter of the 20th century for the innovation and daring expressed in their work; both in terms of their subjects and way of painting. In these years, Paris was the artistic Mecca, where Neo-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism presented themselves at the Salons and numerous exhibitions. Young artists traveled to the French capital for a short or longer period to become acquainted with these innovative movements and subsequently to process their impressions in their own, modern style. Numerous Dutch painters also visit Paris. The best known is Kees van Dongen who continued to live in Paris. Jan Sluijters and Leo Gestel return in 1904, Sluijters again in 1906, plunging into the vibrant nightlife of Montmartre. For Gestel, the visit to Paris gives an impulse to drawing and sketching elegant women and the nightlife of Amsterdam. After their return to the Netherlands, many of them settled in Amsterdam, where the art climate with the annual exhibitions of St. Lucas in 1908, 1909 and 1910 provided fertile ground for change and experiment. Modern art from this time therefore has many styles, schools and movements. These are seldom clearly delineated, they are often overlapping and always complex. The work of Jan Sluijters and Leo Gestel, Jan Toorop, Otto van Rees and Lodewijk Schelfhout is one of them. In addition, numerous individualists are also considered to be avant-garde, such as the painters Kees Maks, Germ de Jong, Willy Sluiter, Dirk Nijland, Conrad Kickert, Jacob Bendien, Adriaan Lubbers. Amsterdam was, especially because of the exhibition of St. Lucas in 1910, together with Domburg the center of luminism. Piet Mondrian also painted landscapes in this style during the heyday of luminism.

Piet Mondrian 1905-1908: Search for Perfection.
Piet Mondrian's work from the early 20th century is also characterized by an urge to search and experiment on the way to abstraction. In the period 1895-1908, under the influence of theosophy and contemporary art movements, he gradually detached himself from visible reality and experimented with colors, image structure and simplification of forms. This would eventually lead to him depicting nature in abstract horizontal and vertical lines and areas in primary colors. From about 1902 onwards, he painted landscapes on the banks of the Gein for a longer period, which offered him an almost inexhaustible wealth of motifs. He depicts mills, farms and quiet river banks from various points of view, at different times of the day in full, strong colors or in a tonal palette. Especially between 1905 and 1908, his research is increasingly focused on the effect of the light of the sun or moon. In these paintings the details often lapse and simple, powerful shapes - groups of trees, mills - determine the image. They are silent, dreamy landscapes that seem less to represent what the painter saw than to form perfect compositions in which nothing could be added or omitted. In June 1911 he visited Paris for the first time, in December of that year he moved in permanently and in 1912 moved into a studio at 26 Rue du Départ where he continued his experiments. Because this work was understood and appreciated by only a small group of enthusiasts, he occasionally paints naturalistic flowers, for which he can always find buyers.

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Toon Kelder | Nude seen from behind, oil on panel, 36.2 x 24.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated 45-46

Toon Kelder

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Nude seen from behind

Jean Emile Oosterlynck | Birds in the park, oil on canvas, 70.4 x 80.0 cm, signed l.r.

Jean Emile Oosterlynck

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Birds in the park

Piet van der Hem | Street scene with newspaper and flower sellers, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 30.2 x 39.6 cm

Piet van der Hem

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Street scene with newspaper and flower sellers

Adriaan Lubbers | Flower still life in earthenware vase, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 50.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1946

Adriaan Lubbers

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Flower still life in earthenware vase

Piet van der Hem | Piet van der Hem and Wilm Wouters 'hunting (women)' in Volendam, watercolour on paper, 38.0 x 27.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 6 febr. '18

Piet van der Hem

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Piet van der Hem and Wilm Wouters 'hunting (women)' in Volendam

Kees van Dongen | View of the village of Overschie, pencil on paper, 10.0 x 10.5 cm, signed l.r.

Kees van Dongen

watercolour • drawing • for sale

View of the village of Overschie

Kees Roovers | Playing dice in café the Posthoorn, The Hague, oil on board, 47.1 x 65.6 cm, signed l.r. and without frame

Kees Roovers

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Playing dice in café the Posthoorn, The Hague

Maurice Louis Tête | Quatorze Juillet, oil on canvas, 100.1 x 162.0 cm, signed l.r.

Maurice Louis Tête

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Quatorze Juillet

Wim Bosma | Composition with wavingloom, oil on board, 49.0 x 59.9 cm, signed l.l. and on the reverse and dated '54

Wim Bosma

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Composition with wavingloom

Leo Gestel | A woman and man in a café, pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 30.7 x 22.5 cm, signed l.l. with monogram

Leo Gestel

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A woman and man in a café

Onbekend | Race car nr. 69  (set van 5), pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 20.0 x 29.1 cm, signed l.l.

Onbekend

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Race car nr. 69 (set van 5)

Onbekend | Race car nr. 14 (set van 5), pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 19.7 x 29.1 cm, signed l.r.

Onbekend

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Race car nr. 14 (set van 5)

Onbekend | Race car nr. 2  (set van 5), pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 19.4 x 25.0 cm, signed l.r.

Onbekend

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Race car nr. 2 (set van 5)

Onbekend | Race car nr. 14  (set van 5), pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 20.0 x 28.9 cm, signed l.r.

Onbekend

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Race car nr. 14 (set van 5)

Onbekend | Racing car nr. 10 (set van 5), pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 19.8 x 28.9 cm, signed l.r.

Onbekend

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Racing car nr. 10 (set van 5)

Laurens van Kuik | Composition, oil on canvas, 46.1 x 60.2 cm, signed l.l.

Laurens van Kuik

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Composition

Jan Sluijters | St. Nicholas Eve, 1946 with chewing tobacco and Bols in the shoes, watercolour on paper, 47.5 x 32.2 cm, signed l.l. and executed 1946

Jan Sluijters

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St. Nicholas Eve, 1946 with chewing tobacco and Bols in the shoes

Lodewijk Schelfhout | Tête de Christ, Indian ink, chalk and watercolour on paper, 50.0 x 39.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1912

Lodewijk Schelfhout

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Tête de Christ

Toon Kelder | A flower still life, oil on canvas, 67.0 x 37.3 cm, signed l.l.

Toon Kelder

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A flower still life

Pieter Apol | The Rokin, Amsterdam, oil on canvas, 85.0 x 95.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated '42

Pieter Apol

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The Rokin, Amsterdam

Toon Kelder | The barrel organ, oil on canvas, 76.0 x 64.4 cm, signed u.r. and dated 7 '26

Toon Kelder

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The barrel organ

Toon Kelder | Flower still life with fruit bowl, oil on panel, 58.5 x 44.5 cm, signed u.l.

Toon Kelder

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Flower still life with fruit bowl

Martin Monnickendam | A farmers family from Markelo, oil on canvas, 75.5 x 90.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1924

Martin Monnickendam

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A farmers family from Markelo

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Secret love, oil on board, 32.2 x 37.9 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated '78

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

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Secret love

Kees Maks | Woman in a blue hat, oil on canvas, 67.0 x 57.2 cm, signed l.l.

Kees Maks

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Woman in a blue hat

Henri van de Velde | A tempting offer; verso: Man with a cross, oil on board, 30.1 x 35.4 cm, signed l.l.

Henri van de Velde

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A tempting offer; verso: Man with a cross

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Sea view, ink and watercolour on paper, 13.4 x 18.0 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated '65

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Sea view

Piet Mondriaan | The banks of the Seine, oil on canvas, 54.2 x 73.1 cm, signed l.l. and painted in 1931

Piet Mondriaan

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The banks of the Seine


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