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Bernard Blommersartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanDen Haag 1845-1914

biography of Bernardus Johannes Blommers

Portrait of artist, painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Bernardus Johannes Blommers

Portrait of Bernardus Johannes Blommers

Bernard Blommers, initially destined for a life as a lithographer in his father's printing company, decided at a young age to follow his heart and take evening classes at the Academi in The Hague. There he met Willem Maris. Together they regularly went outside to paint nature and in 1865 they made a trip along the Rhine. In the same year, Blommers made his debut at the Living Masters Exhibition in Amsterdam, where his entry was given a place of honor alongside a large beach view by Jozef Israëls.

The twenty years older Israelis, who shortly afterwards became a friend for life, had a great influence on the work of Blommers. They both depicted the simple life of farmers and fishermen in Katwijk aan Zee and Scheveningen. But where Israelis usually portrayed the harsh living conditions of the fishing population, Blommers saw everything from the bright side and emphasized the cosiness of the dark fisherman's houses. As the father of a large and lively family, he painted the happy family life. His early works, mostly sunny beach scenes with bathing guests for which his children were modeled in Scheveningen costumes, have been worked out in detail, with a strong sense of color.

Until around 1900 Blommers worked in Scheveningen and Zandvoort. But when Scheveningen developed more and more into a sophisticated seaside resort, he moved to Katwijk aan Zee. There he built the Villa Thérèse, named after his youngest daughter. Just like Israëls, Blommers had a 'Scheveningen corner' there. Blommers mainly spent summer and autumn in this fishing town; the rest of the year he was in The Hague and Scheveningen. Every year he also worked for a few weeks in Heeze in Brabant.

The work of Blommers was very popular at home and abroad. Many of his paintings were traded via Goupil in Amsterdam to England, Scotland and the United States. At the height of his fame, around 1906, people had to pay around 8,000 guilders for a painting by him. Blommers enjoyed life and traveled to the United States several times, where he was even received by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Later in his life, under the influence of Jacob Maris, Blommers develops a more impressionistic, loose touch, and then his light and muted colors determine the character of his paintings.

previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Bernard Blommers


Bernard Blommers | A family supper, Heeze, oil on canvas, 76.1 x 97.0 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

A family supper, Heeze

Bernard Blommers | A view of a Dutch town at dusk, oil on panel, 12.0 x 16.0 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

A view of a Dutch town at dusk

Bernard Blommers | A woman knitting by the fireplace, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 30.0 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r. twice

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

A woman knitting by the fireplace

Bernard Blommers | Almsgiving lessens, watercolour on paper, 37.2 x 53.0 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Almsgiving lessens

Bernard Blommers | Awaiting the fleet, oil on panel, 39.9 x 30.4 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Awaiting the fleet

Bernard Blommers | Awaiting the fleet, watercolour on paper, 48.4 x 39.2 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Awaiting the fleet

Bernard Blommers | Beach scene 'Souvenir aan Katwijk', oil on canvas, 17.5 x 27.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1900

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Beach scene 'Souvenir aan Katwijk', 1900

Bernard Blommers | Bleaching the laundry by the Oude kerk, Katwijk, watercolour on paper, 33.8 x 47.6 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Bleaching the laundry by the Oude kerk, Katwijk

Bernard Blommers | Children in the dunes, oil on panel, 27.6 x 36.0 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Children in the dunes

Bernard Blommers | Children on the beach, oil on canvas, 45.2 x 29.8 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Children on the beach

Bernard Blommers | Children playing in the surf, oil on canvas, 36.2 x 54.3 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Children playing in the surf

Bernard Blommers | Children playing on the beach, oil on canvas, 58.5 x 77.0 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Children playing on the beach

Bernard Blommers | Children playing on the beach, oil on panel, 19.5 x 26.9 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Children playing on the beach

Bernard Blommers | Digging sand, oil on panel, 21.2 x 26.9 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Digging sand

Bernard Blommers | Dinner time, oil on canvas, 27.3 x 21.5 cm

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Dinner time

Bernard Blommers | Dinner-time, watercolour on paper, 35.5 x 48.3 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Dinner-time

Bernard Blommers | Elderly lady asleep, oil on panel, 34.7 x 24.7 cm

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Elderly lady asleep

Bernard Blommers | Feeding the little one, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 45.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted 1870-1875

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Feeding the little one, 1870-1875

Bernard Blommers | First love, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 42.5 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

First love

Bernard Blommers | In the vegetable garden, oil on canvas, 25.0 x 35.3 cm, signed l.r. with monogram

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

In the vegetable garden

Bernard Blommers | Mending nets in the dunes, watercolour on paper, 25.0 x 35.5 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Mending nets in the dunes

Bernard Blommers | Mother and child in the garden, oil on canvas, 46.6 x 62.0 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Mother and child in the garden

Bernard Blommers | Mother's little helper, oil on canvas, 116.0 x 94.0 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Mother's little helper

Bernard Blommers | Mother's little helper, watercolour on paper, 39.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Mother's little helper

Bernard Blommers | Mother's little helper, oil on canvas, 100.0 x 121.0 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Mother's little helper

Bernard Blommers | Motherly love, watercolour on paper, 25.3 x 19.7 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Motherly love

Bernard Blommers | Playing on the beach, watercolour and gouache on paper, 31.8 x 54.5 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Playing on the beach

Bernard Blommers | Shell-gatherer, oil on canvas, 35.8 x 50.4 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Shell-gatherer

Bernard Blommers | Smoking the fish, watercolour on paper, 51.8 x 39.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '68

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Smoking the fish, 1868

Bernard Blommers | Sorting the catch, Katwijk, oil on canvas, 72.2 x 122.5 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Sorting the catch, Katwijk

Bernard Blommers | The fishing fleet setting out for sea, oil on panel, 20.7 x 30.1 cm, signed l.l.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

The fishing fleet setting out for sea

Bernard Blommers | Two sisters reading, gouache on paper, 25.5 x 32.5 cm, signed m.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Two sisters reading

Bernard Blommers | Watching over little sister, oil on canvas, 65.2 x 45.3 cm, signed m.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Watching over little sister

Bernard Blommers | Waving father goodbye, oil on canvas, 76.0 x 58.2 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

painting • previously for sale

Waving father goodbye

Bernard Blommers | Waving father goodbye, pen and ink on paper, 34.5 x 22.0 cm, signed l.r.

Bernard Blommers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Waving father goodbye


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