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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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Jits Bakker | On the back of the bicycle, bronze, 27.3 x 18.8 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

On the back of the bicycle

Jits Bakker | Test of strength(two bison), bronze, 13.0 x 26.0 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Test of strength(two bison)

Jits Bakker | Happiness (mother & child), bronze, 30.2 x 11.8 cm, signed on the basis

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Happiness (mother & child)

Jits Bakker | Bible relief, bronze, 45.0 x 29.7 cm, signed c.r.

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Bible relief

Jits Bakker | Wild Horses, bronze, 48.0 x 150.0 cm, signed on the base and executed 1978

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Wild Horses

George Constantine | On the Beach, oil on board, 56.0 x 65.0 cm

George Constantine

painting • for sale

On the Beach

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Roses in a glass vase, oil on board, 30.6 x 24.6 cm, signed l.r. with monogram and dated '62

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

painting • for sale

Roses in a glass vase

Jan Roëde | Night train, oil on canvas, 46.7 x 55.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '66

Jan Roëde

painting • for sale

Night train

Evert van Hemert | 'Haarlempje'; Evert van Hemert's Ruysdael, oil on board, 29.0 x 29.0 cm, signed l.r. 'v. Hemert/Ruysdael' and dated 2016

Evert van Hemert

painting • for sale

'Haarlempje'; Evert van Hemert's Ruysdael

JeanMarianne Bremers | 'Kom Ma', bronze, 30.0 x 19.5 cm, signed with monogram on the base and dated 1991

JeanMarianne Bremers

statue • sculptuur • for sale

'Kom Ma'

JeanMarianne Bremers | Male torso, bronze, 23.0 x 8.2 cm, signed with monogram on right leg

JeanMarianne Bremers

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Male torso

John Rockx | Activity in a port, oil on canvas, 40.1 x 60.2 cm, signed l.l.

John Rockx

painting • for sale

Activity in a port

Kees Verkade | Study for sculpture 'l'Elan', pencil on paper, 31.0 x 24.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated sept. '96

Kees Verkade

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Study for sculpture 'l'Elan'

Johan Jorna | Retreat, bronze, 39.0 x 31.0 cm

Johan Jorna

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Retreat

Ewald Mataré | Phoenix, cast-iron, 15.9 x 14.2 cm, signed with monogram and dated 1954

Ewald Mataré

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Phoenix

Hendrik Spetter | The Spaansekade in Rotterdam, oil on canvas, 50.1 x 70.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated '76

Hendrik Spetter

painting • for sale

The Spaansekade in Rotterdam

Peter Vos | Portrait of a boy, pencil and watercolour on paper, 11.7 x 10.1 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated 16.X.'84

Peter Vos

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Portrait of a boy

Peter Vos | Peieng man, pencil and watercolour on paper, 9.2 x 7.5 cm, dated 4.XI.'83

Peter Vos

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Peieng man

Jits Bakker | Two playing foals, bronze, 10.3 x 11.4 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Two playing foals

Jits Bakker | Frolicking foal, bronze, 11.5 x 7.6 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Frolicking foal

Jits Bakker | Handstand, bronze, 21.6 x 6.4 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Handstand

Jits Bakker | Ballet dancer, bronze, 17.4 x 9.5 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Ballet dancer

Jits Bakker | Marion washes her hair, bronze, 11.3 x 4.3 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Marion washes her hair

Ido Pieter Vunderink | Untitled, watercolour on paper, 138.5 x 98.5 cm, signed l.r.

Ido Pieter Vunderink

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Untitled

Ido Pieter Vunderink | Portrait of a woman, oil on canvas, 123.9 x 98.3 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1967

Ido Pieter Vunderink

painting • for sale

Portrait of a woman

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | Vase with two figures, earthenware, 23.0 cm

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Vase with two figures

Onbekend | Exhibition poster Francis Bacon in Galerie Maeght Lelong, 1984, signed and annotated by the artist, lithograph, 79.0 x 45.0 cm, signed l.r.

Onbekend

prints & multiples • for sale

Exhibition poster Francis Bacon in Galerie Maeght Lelong, 1984, signed and annotated by the artist

Kees Andréa | Three figures, oil on board, 17.9 x 23.9 cm, signed u.r.

Kees Andréa

painting • for sale

Three figures


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