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Co Bremanartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanZwolle 1865-1938 Laren (N.H.)

biography of Ahazueros Jacobus 'Co' Breman

Co Breman, together with Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig, was one of the first painters in the Netherlands to apply the pointillist technique to capture the atmosphere of the warm, summery light in his paintings.

Born in Zwolle in 1865, after his father died prematurely, Breman was encouraged by his guardians to choose an artistic profession. In his hometown he attended the drawing and painting school of J.H. Huibers, where he got his drawing teacher certificate. In 1889 Breman left for a few years to Brussels where he attended classes at the Academy and also worked in decoration workshops. With Douwe Komter, who, like Breman, would later settle in the Gooi, he then went to Paris for another year, where he mainly focused on decorative painting. In Brussels, an important cultural center at the time, he became acquainted with the modern art movements of the time such as Art Nouveau and Symbolism. But Breman was mainly inspired by Pointillism, a painting technique that emerged in the late 19th century in response to Impressionism. Dots were applied unmixed to the canvas in dots. The different colors that stood next to each other were perceived as a secondary color by the human eye. In this way, a work of art could strongly emphasize the representation of the light and the lighting effects.

In Brussels Breman was very successful with his decoration designs and in Amsterdam he was invited to decorate an exhibition for the Hotel and Travel Industry. Via Amsterdam, where he became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke and Arti et Amicitiae, Breman moved to Het Gooi in 1897, inspired by the stories of his Amsterdam painter friends. In Blaricum, where he settled with a few friends in an old brewery, he would, in addition to commissions for decorative work, mainly focus on the landscape. Breman painted fields bathed in sunlight, winding paths along cornfields and farms. He worked hard, but also sought relaxation. He was fond of parties and parties and together with his friends, including amateur chef Derk Meeles, countless eating and drinking parties were organized. The group could also often be found in Jan Hamdorff's inn, the meeting place of artistic Blaricum, where Breman enthusiastically became co-organizer of parties that took place there.

Breman often exhibited at the exhibitions of the Gooi painters 'association 'De Tien', where he was very successful and he was also chairman of the artists' association Laren-Blaricum for almost 12 years. In addition to the Gooi landscape, Breman was still drawn by the river landscape of the IJssel, his native soil, where he recorded the flood plains near Zwolle and later Deventer, with or without grazing cows, as he grew older and more and more impressively. style. He preferred to let the sun rise in his paintings. Breman rarely painted evening moods.

In 1910 Breman married Lizzy Schouten, a portrait painter. Shortly afterwards they left for Italy for two years. On their return they brought a wealth of paintings, studies and drawings with them. Breman had little trouble selling his work, not only in the Netherlands, but also in Madrid, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Glasgow and even San Francisco. Back from Italy, the couple moved into a house on Torenlaan in Blaricum, where Breman died in 1938. Blaricum then loses a much-loved and colorful figure, always tidy and much loved by his fellow painters.


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Co Breman


Co Breman | Sheaves of wheat, oil on canvas, 22.7 x 54.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1904

Co Breman

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Sheaves of wheat, 1904

Co Breman | Cattle in a meadow (along the river IJssel), oil on canvas, 28.2 x 38.4 cm, signed l.r.

Co Breman

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Cattle in a meadow (along the river IJssel)

Co Breman | A country road in Blaricum, oil on canvas, 26.2 x 55.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1904

Co Breman

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A country road in Blaricum

Co Breman | Summer landscape with potatofields in the Gooi region, oil on canvas, 18.7 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 'L 1 7 1903'

Co Breman

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Summer landscape with potatofields in the Gooi region, 1903

Co Breman | House in the sun, Laren, oil on canvas, 56.4 x 45.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1914

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House in the sun, Laren, 1914

Co Breman | Hay-cocks, Blaricum, oil on canvas, 71.5 x 150.6 cm, signed l.l. and on the reverse and dated 1922

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Hay-cocks, Blaricum, 1922

Co Breman | A view of the river IJssel by Deventer, oil on canvas, 30.2 x 38.5 cm

Co Breman

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A view of the river IJssel by Deventer

Co Breman | A Salland summer morning, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 70.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1935

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A Salland summer morning, 1935

Co Breman | The 'Eng', Blaricum in summer, oil on canvas, 46.0 x 56.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1912

Co Breman

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The 'Eng', Blaricum in summer, 1912

Co Breman | Haying month (river IJssel), oil on canvas, 41.4 x 70.6 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1933

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Haying month (river IJssel), 1933

Co Breman | The river IJssel with Deventer in the distance, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 57.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1927

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The river IJssel with Deventer in the distance, 1927

Co Breman | A view of Rhenen, oil on canvas, 46.0 x 70.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1908

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A view of Rhenen, 1908

Co Breman | Moon-rise, oil on canvas, 41.3 x 70.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1919

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Moon-rise, 1919

Co Breman | A view of the river IJssel, oil on canvas, 49.5 x 56.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1928

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A view of the river IJssel, 1928

Co Breman | Moored sailing vessels, oil on canvas, 29.7 x 38.0 cm, signed l.r. with initials

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Moored sailing vessels

Co Breman | A summer landscape, Blaricum, oil on canvas, 29.0 x 53.0 cm

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A summer landscape, Blaricum

Co Breman | A lady in a garden, oil on canvas, 56.3 x 48.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1917

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A lady in a garden, 1917

Co Breman | September morning, oil on canvas, 41.0 x 70.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1933

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September morning, 1933

Co Breman | Sawmill, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 37.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated June 1905

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Sawmill, 1905

Co Breman | A country road near Blaricum, oil on canvas, 38.0 x 53.0 cm

Co Breman

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A country road near Blaricum

Co Breman | Ploughing farmers, chalk and gouache on paper, 36.0 x 208.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1908

Co Breman

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Ploughing farmers, 1908

Co Breman | Flowering Trees by Blaricum, watercolour on paper, 46.0 x 70.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1901

Co Breman

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Flowering Trees by Blaricum, 1901

Co Breman | The 'Bergkerk', Deventer, chalk on paper, signed l.r. and dated 1931

Co Breman

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

The 'Bergkerk', Deventer, 1931


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Co Breman


Co Breman | Winter in Giethoorn, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 34.3 x 49.1 cm, signed l.r.

Co Breman

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Winter in Giethoorn

Co Breman | Summer landscape with potato- and buckwheatfields in the Gooi region, oil on canvas, 18.7 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 'L 1 7 1903'

Co Breman

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Summer landscape with potato- and buckwheatfields in the Gooi region, 1903

Co Breman | Corner Prinsengracht/Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam, oil on canvas, 30.4 x 38.7 cm, signed l.l.

Co Breman

painting • for sale

Corner Prinsengracht/Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam


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