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Post-war figurative art art movement • artists • artworks for sale

The figuration is a constant in the Dutch visual arts of the 20th century, also after the Second World War, when experiment and abstraction predominate.

Protest against abstraction
Sometimes the figuration is a form of protest against the monopoly of abstraction. For example, in 1945 Kees Verwey and Otto B. de Kat founded the Hollandse Aquarellistenkring, whose artists relied heavily on visible reality and focused on traditional subjects such as landscape and still life. Many artists joined in a short time, including Kees Andréa, Jan Wiegers and Matthieu Wiegman. The Realists formed in Amsterdam in 1948, with Nicolaas Wijnberg, Theo Kurpershoek and Hans van Norden as initiators. They wanted to develop expressive figurative art as a counterpart to abstraction. Exhibitions of a varied group with participants such as Jan van Heel, Herman Berserik and Kees Andréa followed each year. The highlight was the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1951. In the 'den of the lion', because under the direction of Willem Sandberg, this museum was also a platform for the CoBrA movement at the time.

Own way
In addition, there are the artists who continue the realism, the New Objectivity, the surrealism and the magical realism that started in the 1930s, such as Charley Toorop, Edgar Fernhout, Ger Gerrits and Gerard Röling. And the painters who seek their own way within the figuration, such as Jan Voerman Jr., Sal Meijer, Jan Bogaerts, Ferdinand Erfmann, Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, Anton Heyboer, Henk Helmantel and Erik Andriesse. It is striking that after 1945 many sculptors stick to the craft and a figurative style, such as Mari Andriessen, Charlotte van Pallandt, Piet Esser, Hildo Krop, Han Wezelaar and Theresia van der Pant.

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Pieter d'Hont | The Conversation, bronze, 55.0 x 36.0 cm

Pieter d'Hont

statue • sculptuur • for sale

The Conversation

Reinier Lucassen | The spirit of the Iniet, pencil and watercolour on paper, 31.0 x 24.7 cm, signed l.c. with initials and in full on the reverse and dated l.c. 985 and '85 on the reverse

Reinier Lucassen

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The spirit of the Iniet, 1985

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | A man and a woman at a church concert at Voorschoten, pen and ink, chalk and watercolour on paper, 23.3 x 28.1 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated '69

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

watercolour • drawing • for sale

A man and a woman at a church concert at Voorschoten, 1969

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Maidservant, polychrome glazed earthenware, 25.5 x 11.5 cm, signed on the inside with monogram and dated '76

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

Maidservant, 1976

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Group hug, polychrome glazed earthenware, 16.5 x 15.0 cm, signed on the underside with monogram and stamp and dateed '81

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

Group hug, 1981

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | The reunion, polychrome glazed earthenware, 22.0 x 17.0 cm, signed on the inside with monogram and on the inside dated '75

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

The reunion, 1975

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | On the teeter-totter, polychrome glazed earthenware, wood, 20.5 x 18.0 cm, signed on the underside with monogram and dated '64

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

On the teeter-totter, 1964

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | The exhibition (with the painter himself in the middle), pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 13.1 x 10.0 cm, signed on the reverse and painted in 1956

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The exhibition (with the painter himself in the middle), 1956

Kees Verkade | Clown, bronze, 52.5 cm, signed on the base with initials and dated '77 on the base

Kees Verkade

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Clown, 1977

Jan van Heel | Oil lamp, gouache on paper, 30.5 x 19.0 cm, signed l.c.

Jan van Heel

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Oil lamp

Jan van Diemen | slalom skier, gouache and chalk on paper, 50.0 x 65.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '84

Jan van Diemen

watercolour • drawing • for sale

slalom skier, 1984

Alfred Sachs | Elephant Baby Orje from the Berlin Zoo (posthumous execution), bronze, 16.3 x 15.6 cm, signed on the base

Alfred Sachs

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Elephant Baby Orje from the Berlin Zoo (posthumous execution), 1936

Jits Bakker | Burping (mother and child), bronze, 26.6 x 8.4 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Burping (mother and child)

Jan Roëde | Tulip vase, oil on canvas, 81.2 x 100.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '74

Jan Roëde

painting • for sale

Tulip vase, 1974

Jan Roëde | Untitled, oil on painter's board, 35.0 x 27.0 cm, signed l.c. and executed ca. 1946-1948

Jan Roëde

painting • for sale

Untitled, ca. 1946-1948

Terry Owen Mathews | Rhino, bronze, 29.9 x 44.9 cm, signed and numbered 2/10 on the base and dated 1987

Terry Owen Mathews

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Rhino, 1987

Jan Eversen | Still life with a glass of port and blue cheese, oil on canvas, 41.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.l. and datet 1958

Jan Eversen

painting • for sale

Still life with a glass of port and blue cheese, 1958

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | The aviary, oil on board, 47.6 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r. with initials and dated '67

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

The aviary, 1967

André Planson | On the boulevard, oil on canvas, 49.6 x 72.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '46

André Planson

painting • for sale

On the boulevard, 1946

Paul Citroen | Portrait of a young woman, black chalk on paper, 64.9 x 45.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated 6 IV '63

Paul Citroen

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Portrait of a young woman, 1963

Dirk Kruizinga | Terrace in a park, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 89.9 cm

Dirk Kruizinga

painting • for sale

Terrace in a park

Dirk Kruizinga | Sailing boats at a jetty, oil on panel, 27.0 x 35.0 cm, signed l.l.

Dirk Kruizinga

painting • for sale

Sailing boats at a jetty

Harry Maas | Woman at a mirror, oil on canvas, 104.7 x 75.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1963

Harry Maas

painting • for sale

Woman at a mirror, 1963

Harry Maas | Standing and sitting nude, watercolour on paper, 51.7 x 38.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1977

Harry Maas

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Standing and sitting nude, 1977

Kurt Löb | Brothel scene, lithograph, 47.3 x 34.8 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated (in pencil) '75

Kurt Löb

prints & multiples • for sale

Brothel scene

Co Westerik | Man at table with voices, pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 32.5 x 26.5 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1993

Co Westerik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Man at table with voices, 1993

Nic Jonk | The Three Graces, bronze, 19.0 x 17.0 cm, signed on the bases and dated on the base '60

Nic Jonk

statue • sculptuur • for sale

The Three Graces, 1960

Jits Bakker | Stilt walker, bronze, 32.0 x 8.0 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Stilt walker


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