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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.

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

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The young navigators, ca. 1875

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

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Farmers thrashing

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

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Shell fisher with his children on the beach

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

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A fisherman's wife on a bench

Bernard Blommers | 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

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Strawberries with whipped cream and a Rhine wine glass, ca. 1880

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

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Playing on the beach

Bernard Blommers | By the fireplace, watercolour on paper, 35.6 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r.

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By the fireplace

Bernard Blommers | Farmers family around the table, watercolour on paper, 37.6 x 54.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Farmers family around the table

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

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Domestic bless, Heeze, North-Brabant


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Bernard Blommers | Bleaching the laundry, oil on canvas, 58.7 x 91.6 cm, signed l.r.

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Bleaching the laundry

Bernard Blommers | A child and catsnear the fire, oil on canvas, 26.2 x 28.1 cm

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A child and catsnear the fire

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

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The little bathers, ca. 1895-1907

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

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Playing at the beach with the dog

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

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The young mother

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

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Helping mother, ca. 1875

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

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In the dunes: gazing at the white butterflies

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

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The sitter

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

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The fishing fleet setting out for sea

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

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Feeding the little one, 1870-1875

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

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In the vegetable garden

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

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Fish seller from Katwijk, a study

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

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Picking flowers in the dunes

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

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Mother feeds the baby

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

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The young navigators

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

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Dinner time

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

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A study of a shell-gatherer

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

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Digging sand

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

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Shell-gatherer

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

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Watching over little sister

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

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Awaiting the fleet

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

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A woman knitting by the fireplace

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

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A family supper, Heeze

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

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First love

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

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Mother and child in the garden

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

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Waving father goodbye

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

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Children playing in the surf

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

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Children on the beach

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

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Children in the dunes

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

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Sorting the catch, Katwijk

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

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Mother's little helper

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

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Children playing on the beach

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

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Elderly lady asleep

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

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Mother's little helper

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

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Children playing on the beach

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

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Beach scene 'Souvenir aan Katwijk', 1900

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

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A view of a Dutch town at dusk

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

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On the look-out

Bernard Blommers | Arranging flowers, oil on canvas, 47.0 x 36.0 cm

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Arranging flowers

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

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Children playing in the surf

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

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An interior scene

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

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New York 'Central Park', 1912

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

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A girl in a forest landscape

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

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Dinner time

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

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Shell fisher near Katwijk

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

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Watching the fishing fleet setting sea

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

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Chatting at the kitchen door

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

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At the seaside

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

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The knitting lesson

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

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The private chat

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

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Children playing boat

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

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The toy boat

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

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Playing on the beach

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

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Homeward bound

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

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Selling fish

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

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Motherly love

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

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Smoking the fish, 1868

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

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Two sisters reading

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

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Bleaching the laundry by the Oude kerk, Katwijk

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

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Almsgiving lessens

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

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Mending nets in the dunes

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

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Waving father goodbye

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

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Awaiting the fleet

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

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Dinner-time

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

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Mother's little helper

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

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Nursing the baby

Bernard Blommers | Three painters, watercolour on paper, 37.0 x 27.0 cm

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Three painters

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

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A native from Katwijk gathering shells

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

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Girl knitting in the dunes

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

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Dinner time


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