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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.

for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Bernard Blommers


Blommers B.J.  | A fisherman's wife on a bench, oil on canvas, 25.0 x 35.1 cm, gesigneerd met verso atelierstempelBlommers B.J.

A fisherman's wife on a bench, oil on canvas, 25.0 x 35.1 cm, gesigneerd met verso atelierstempel

Blommers B.J.  | Domestic bless, Heeze, North-Brabant, watercolour on paper, 34.7 x 49.9 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Domestic bless, Heeze, North-Brabant, watercolour on paper, 34.7 x 49.9 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Farmers thrashing, oil on canvas, 69.8 x 91.2 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Farmers thrashing, oil on canvas, 69.8 x 91.2 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Playing on the beach, oil on canvas, 64.4 x 100.6 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

Playing on the beach, oil on canvas, 64.4 x 100.6 cm, signed l.l.

Blommers B.J.  | Shell fisher with his children on the beach, oil on canvas, 28.3 x 42.0 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Shell fisher with his children on the beach, oil on canvas, 28.3 x 42.0 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Strawberries with whipped cream and a Rhine wine glass, oil on canvas, 28.8 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1880Blommers B.J.

Strawberries with whipped cream and a Rhine wine glass, oil on canvas, 28.8 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1880

Blommers B.J.  | The young navigators, oil on canvas, 67.0 x 103.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1875Blommers B.J.

The young navigators, oil on canvas, 67.0 x 103.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1875


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Bernard Blommers


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

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

Blommers B.J.  | A girl in a forest landscape, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 39.4 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

A girl in a forest landscape, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 39.4 cm, signed l.l.

Blommers B.J.  | A native from Katwijk gathering shells, watercolour on paper, 42.0 x 55.0 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

A native from Katwijk gathering shells, watercolour on paper, 42.0 x 55.0 cm, signed l.l.

Blommers B.J.  | A study of a shell-gatherer, oil on panel, 18.9 x 26.4 cm, signed l.r. with initialsBlommers B.J.

A study of a shell-gatherer, oil on panel, 18.9 x 26.4 cm, signed l.r. with initials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | An interior scene, oil on canvas, 57.5 x 71.4 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

An interior scene, oil on canvas, 57.5 x 71.4 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Arranging flowers, oil on canvas, 47.0 x 36.0 cmBlommers B.J.

Arranging flowers, oil on canvas, 47.0 x 36.0 cm

Blommers B.J.  | At the seaside, watercolour on paper, 61.6 x 51.8 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

At the seaside, watercolour on paper, 61.6 x 51.8 cm, signed l.r.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | Chatting at the kitchen door, watercolour on paper, 20.0 x 24.2 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Chatting at the kitchen door, watercolour on paper, 20.0 x 24.2 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Children playing boat, chalk and watercolour on paper, 40.2 x 55.6 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Children playing boat, chalk and watercolour on paper, 40.2 x 55.6 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Children playing in the surf, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 46.0 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

Children playing in the surf, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 46.0 cm, signed l.l.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | Dinner time, oil on canvas, 56.0 x 73.7 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

Dinner time, oil on canvas, 56.0 x 73.7 cm, signed l.l.

Blommers B.J.  | Dinner time, watercolour on paper, 16.0 x 20.0 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Dinner time, watercolour on paper, 16.0 x 20.0 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Dinner time, oil on canvas, 27.3 x 21.5 cmBlommers B.J.

Dinner time, oil on canvas, 27.3 x 21.5 cm

Blommers B.J.  | Elderly lady asleep, oil on panel, 34.7 x 24.7 cmBlommers B.J.

Elderly lady asleep, oil on panel, 34.7 x 24.7 cm

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | Fish seller from Katwijk, a study, oil on canvas, 29.6 x 37.5 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

Fish seller from Katwijk, a study, oil on canvas, 29.6 x 37.5 cm, signed l.l.

Blommers B.J.  | Girl knitting in the dunes, watercolour on paper, 48.3 x 35.5 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

Girl knitting in the dunes, watercolour on paper, 48.3 x 35.5 cm, signed l.l.

Blommers B.J.  | Helping mother, oil on panel, 23.6 x 32.0 cm, signed l.l. and executed ca. 1875Blommers B.J.

Helping mother, oil on panel, 23.6 x 32.0 cm, signed l.l. and executed ca. 1875

Blommers B.J.  | Homeward bound, watercolour on paper, 17.4 x 13.0 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Homeward bound, watercolour on paper, 17.4 x 13.0 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | In the dunes: gazing at the white butterflies, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 39.8 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

In the dunes: gazing at the white butterflies, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 39.8 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | In the vegetable garden, oil on canvas, 25.0 x 35.3 cm, signed l.r. with monogramBlommers B.J.

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

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | Mother feeds the baby, oil on canvas, 80.3 x 106.2 cmBlommers B.J.

Mother feeds the baby, oil on canvas, 80.3 x 106.2 cm

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

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

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | New York 'Central Park', oil on panel, 23.0 x 30.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1-5-1912Blommers B.J.

New York 'Central Park', oil on panel, 23.0 x 30.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1-5-1912

Blommers B.J.  | Nursing the baby, watercolour on paper, 56.0 x 75.0 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Nursing the baby, watercolour on paper, 56.0 x 75.0 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | On the look-out, oil on panel, 42.5 x 32.1 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

On the look-out, oil on panel, 42.5 x 32.1 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Picking flowers in the dunes, oil on canvas, 71.7 x 56.0 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Picking flowers in the dunes, oil on canvas, 71.7 x 56.0 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Playing at the beach with the dog, oil on canvas, 76.3 x 100.2 cmBlommers B.J.

Playing at the beach with the dog, oil on canvas, 76.3 x 100.2 cm

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | Selling fish, watercolour and gouache on paper, 9.2 x 6.5 cm, signed l.r. with initialsBlommers B.J.

Selling fish, watercolour and gouache on paper, 9.2 x 6.5 cm, signed l.r. with initials

Blommers B.J.  | Shell fisher near Katwijk, watercolour on paper, 9.0 x 13.9 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

Shell fisher near Katwijk, watercolour on paper, 9.0 x 13.9 cm, signed l.r.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | The knitting lesson, chalk, watercolour and gouache on paper, 34.2 x 51.9 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

The knitting lesson, chalk, watercolour and gouache on paper, 34.2 x 51.9 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | The little bathers, oil on canvas, 48.2 x 40.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1895-1907Blommers B.J.

The little bathers, oil on canvas, 48.2 x 40.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1895-1907

Blommers B.J.  | The private chat, watercolour on paper, 71.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

The private chat, watercolour on paper, 71.0 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | The sitter, oil on canvas, 36.7 x 50.6 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

The sitter, oil on canvas, 36.7 x 50.6 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | The toy boat, watercolour on paper, 34.8 x 48.1 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

The toy boat, watercolour on paper, 34.8 x 48.1 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | The young mother, oil on canvas, 35.3 x 27.6 cm, signed l.l.Blommers B.J.

The young mother, oil on canvas, 35.3 x 27.6 cm, signed l.l.

Blommers B.J.  | The young navigators, oil on canvas, 58.2 x 81.4 cm, signed l.r.Blommers B.J.

The young navigators, oil on canvas, 58.2 x 81.4 cm, signed l.r.

Blommers B.J.  | Three painters, watercolour on paper, 37.0 x 27.0 cmBlommers B.J.

Three painters, watercolour on paper, 37.0 x 27.0 cm

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

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

Blommers B.J.  | Watching over little sister, oil on canvas, 65.2 x 45.3 cm, signed m.r. and Sold to Museum Sammlung Kunst der WestküsteBlommers B.J.

Watching over little sister, oil on canvas, 65.2 x 45.3 cm, signed m.r. and Sold to Museum Sammlung Kunst der Westküste

Blommers B.J.  | Watching the fishing fleet setting sea, chalk and watercolour on paper, 34.0 x 24.5 cm, signed l.r. with initialBlommers B.J.

Watching the fishing fleet setting sea, chalk and watercolour on paper, 34.0 x 24.5 cm, signed l.r. with initial

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

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

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

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


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