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

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Maidservant, 1976

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

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Group hug, 1981

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

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

statue • sculptuur • for sale

The reunion, 1975

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

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

statue • sculptuur • for sale

On the teeter-totter, 1964

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

Hessel de Boer | A sunny Lange Voorhout, The Hague, oil on canvas, 38.0 x 46.3 cm, signed l.r.

Hessel de Boer

painting • for sale

A sunny Lange Voorhout, The Hague

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

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, 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

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 | 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


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