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Hell J.G.D. van | Johannes Gerardus Diederik 'Johan' van Hell | Paintings offered for sale | Three grazing horses, oil on canvas 60.5 x 80.5 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1926
Hell J.G.D. van | Johannes Gerardus Diederik 'Johan' van Hell | Paintings offered for sale | Three grazing horses, oil on canvas 60.5 x 80.5 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1926

Johan van Hell

Three grazing horses
oil on canvas 60.5 x 80.5 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1926

This framed painting is for sale.

price band: € 50,000 - € 100,000

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Literature: tent.cat. Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 'Catalogus van schilderijen, beeldhouwwerken, teekeningen en grafische werken, tentoongesteld door de Vereeniging van Nederlandsche Beeldende Kunstenaren 'De Brug'', 1926, cat.nr. 83; Tineke Reijnders e.a., 'Johan van Hell 1889-1952', Warnsveld 2005, pag. 87, pag. 29 en cat.nr. S 83 (met afb. in kleur); tent.cat. Kortenhoef, Oude School Kortenhoef, 'Man en paard in de moderne kunst', 2010, pag. 28.
Exhibited: Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 'Schilderijen, beeldhouwwerken, teekeningen en grafische werken, tentoongesteld door de Vereeniging van Nederlandsche Beeldende Kunstenaren 'De Brug'', 20 nov.-13.dec. 1926; Arnhem, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, 'Van de straat - het sociaal engagement van Johan van Hell (1889-1952)', 12 nov. 2005-12 febr. 2006; Kortenhoef, Oude School Kortenhoef, 'Man en paard in de moderne kunst', 29 mei-20 juni 2010.

The work of the Amsterdam painter Johan van Hell cannot be separated from his political convictions, especially his socialist leanings. He was involved with the SDAP (Social Democratic Workers’ Party) and the SKK (Socialist Artists’ Circle) and worked as an illustrator for left-wing newspapers and magazines. As a painter he was chiefly interested in depicting the lives of everyday people on the street. In order to make his work accessible to this group he used a simple figurative idiom without any depth to it, in which taut lines, forms and bright colours determine the composition. As well as painting, Van Hell made a living by producing book illustrations and giving drawing and music lessons


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