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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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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

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

Harry Maas | Woman at a mirror, oil on canvas, 105.7 x 76.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1963

Harry Maas

painting • for sale

Woman at a mirror, 1963

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

Rien Goené | Café in Paris, oil on canvas, 45.3 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r. with initials and painted in 1957

Rien Goené

painting • for sale

Café in Paris

Fransje Tacx | Checkmate, oil on canvas, 130.0 x 98.0 cm, signed on the reverse and dated '86

Fransje Tacx

painting • for sale

Checkmate

Herman Berserik | Gesprek aan de Waal (Conversation by the river Waal), acrylic on panel, 29.5 x 37.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '93

Herman Berserik

painting • for sale

Gesprek aan de Waal (Conversation by the river Waal), 1993

Jits Bakker | Two chatting women, bronze, 20.0 x 8.0 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Two chatting women

Kees Bol | Roses and cyclamen, oil on board, 63.0 x 55.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated '69

Kees Bol

painting • for sale

Roses and cyclamen, 1969

Camille Hilaire | Flying trapeze (Trapeze volant), oil on canvas, 191.0 x 248.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1974

Camille Hilaire

painting • for sale

Flying trapeze (Trapeze volant)

Evert van Hemert | Otter with cub, bronze, 8.0 x 26.5 cm, signed under the tail with monogram

Evert van Hemert

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Otter with cub

Evert van Hemert | Otter, bronze, 8.0 x 21.5 cm, signed under the tail with monogram

Evert van Hemert

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Otter

Louis Saalborn | Reclining nude, oil on canvas, 70.1 x 99.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '54

Louis Saalborn

painting • for sale

Reclining nude, 1954

Henri | Amorgos, gouache on paper, 22.7 x 13.8 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated 1985  (in pencil)

Henri

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Amorgos, 1985

Co Westerik | Man with insects, outside, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 15.0 x 24.4 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1973

Co Westerik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Man with insects, outside, 1973

Co Westerik | Poet in steel chair, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 20.0 x 15.0 cm, signed l.c. and dated april 1973

Co Westerik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Poet in steel chair, 1973

Fernand Cornet | Boules, under the pine trees, Carqueiranne, oil on board on canvas, 39.3 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r.

Fernand Cornet

painting • for sale

Boules, under the pine trees, Carqueiranne

Herman Berserik | Doll in a box, oil on panel, 20.5 x 9.0 cm, signed l.c. on the frame and dated 1971

Herman Berserik

painting • for sale

Doll in a box, 1971

Theo Kurpershoek | Self portrait in the hair salon, oil on canvas, 80.4 x 110.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated '83

Theo Kurpershoek

painting • for sale

Self portrait in the hair salon, 1983

Marcel Cockx | Balloon seller, oil on canvas, 178.9 x 150.3 cm, signed l.r.

Marcel Cockx

painting • for sale

Balloon seller

Kees Andréa | Palm Sunday, oil on board laid down on panel, 27.2 x 35.1 cm

Kees Andréa

painting • for sale

Palm Sunday

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | A summer afternoon in the park, oil on canvas, 50.4 x 61.2 cm, signed l.l. with monogram and dated '63

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

A summer afternoon in the park, 1963

Evert van Hemert | Terschelling, acrylic on board, 16.0 x 27.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 2015 on the reverse

Evert van Hemert

painting • for sale

Terschelling, 2015

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Shard with four figures: polonaise, glazed pottery, 22.0 x 29.5 cm, signed on the reverse with Monogram and dated '73 on the reverse

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Shard with four figures: polonaise, 1973

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | A farmer working in the fields, oil on board, 17.0 x 24.0 cm

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

A farmer working in the fields


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