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Dirk Smorenbergartist • painterAlkmaar 1883-1960 Oud-Loosdrecht

biography of Dirk Smorenberg

Dirk Smorenberg, born in 1883, is one of the few art deco painters in the Netherlands. His depiction of the Dutch water lily lakes was very different from that of painters who previously put this subject on the canvas. The Hague School painters did it with attention to the mood in fast brushstrokes and green-brown hues, while Smorenberg experimented in his works around 1910 with stylized shapes, shallow depth and fresh, bright colors in shades of green, blue, lilac and sometimes red. Initially, his work was not so popular with the public that it was painted too flat, insensitive and without emotion. However, appreciation soon arose when the art-deco style became fashionable. Smorenberg was an independent and original artist. He made special hand-carved wooden frames for many of his paintings. In addition to the famous water lilies, he also painted still lifes, a single cityscape and portraits.

Smorenberg was self-taught. After a period as a soldier (until 1906) he started at the age of twenty-two as an advertising artist in Amsterdam and formed himself by copying the work of old masters in the Rijksmuseum. At that time he also came into contact with the painter August Allebé, from whom he received advice. Then in 1907 he lived in Bergen for a year with his friend Dirk Filarski, with whom he took part in the exhibition of the artists' association St. Lucas in Amsterdam a year later. There was a lot of modern work on display by, among others, Jan Sluijters, Leo Gestel and Piet Mondriaan, and Smorenberg's work was therefore also attracted attention. In 1910 Smorenberg and Filarski traveled to New York where, together with Piet Mondrian, they exhibited at the Fredriks Brothers.

Smorenberg’s most successful period is between 1910 and 1926. At that time he drew everything that fascinated him and improved himself by constantly looking and practicing in his sketchbooks. He was a fast worker with un-Dutch color tendencies. In his paintings, color, often applied unmixed, was the most important way for him to express his emotions. He didn't care much about the representation of atmosphere. He was, however, critical of the right light and even went so far as to have the pear tree that stood in front of the windows of his studio facing north removed and the windows replaced. In 1918, art critic N.H. Wolf described his style as follows in the magazine De kunst: 'Dirk Smorenberg searches for large surfaces. He wants to portray things broadly, on the border of the decorative; but he does not neglect the realistic. It is as if he wants to unite realism with the stylized, and thereby achieve important effects. 'Smorenberg's early work, in naturalistic style, is reminiscent of that of the Hague School. Subsequently, it gave way to paintings in a more luminist style and finally he painted in an abstract, highly simplified and decorative Art Deco style, the style with which he became best known to the general public.

Smorenberg, called 'Smoor' by his friends, must have been an amiable person who could be laughed at and who was often described as a true bohemian. After he was able to build a house and studio on the Horndijk in Loosdrecht with financial support around 1920, he devoted himself fully to painting tranquil pools with reed borders and water lilies. In his rowing boat he often went out in summer and winter to paint the pools from various viewpoints, with varying clouds, sometimes with the reflection of the reeds in the water and the roots and fish below the surface of the water. In winter he did this from the waterfront, where his frozen rowboat was often part of the landscape. He also recorded the winter mountain landscapes in Switzerland when he stayed with his sister in Clarens near Montreux, together with Dirk Filarski.

After the 1930s, new developments passed Smorenberg and attracted less attention. After his death in 1960, he was forgotten for a while, but in the last two decades, with the rediscovery of his early work, new appreciation for the painter has come.


previously for salepaintings by Smorenberg D.


Dirk Smorenberg | Sunbathers on the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 38.5 x 48.8 cm, signed l.r.

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Sunbathers on the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | The blue farm, oil on canvas, 43.7 x 53.5 cm, signed l.r. and 1915-1918

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The blue farm

Dirk Smorenberg | A view of the village Oud-Loosdrecht seen from the Vuntus lake, oil on canvas, 30.2 x 38.7 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of the village Oud-Loosdrecht seen from the Vuntus lake

Dirk Smorenberg | Flowering trees in the painter's garden on the Loenderveense Plas, oil on board, 18.0 x 23.9 cm, signed l.r.

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Flowering trees in the painter's garden on the Loenderveense Plas

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlillies in the  Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlillies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lillies, oil on canvas, 59.7 x 50.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '47

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Water lillies

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 70.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Bulb fields, oil on panel, 36.0 x 42.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Bulb fields

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 40.4 x 30.6 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 59.8 x 49.8 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | A view of the Loosdrecht Lake in winter, oil on canvas, 46.2 x 56.3 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of the Loosdrecht Lake in winter

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 24.8 x 32.8 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Sailing boats on the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 70.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Sailing boats on the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlilies, oil on canvas, 55.0 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse

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Waterlilies

Dirk Smorenberg | A winter landscape near Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 25.2 x 30.0 cm, signed l.l.

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A winter landscape near Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | A view of a lake with waterlilies, oil on canvas, 50.3 x 70.0 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of a lake with waterlilies

Dirk Smorenberg | A winter landscape, Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 50.3 x 70.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '38

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A winter landscape, Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 95.8 x 72.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '22

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlilies, oil on canvas, 32.2 x 25.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 34.4 x 39.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlandscape with water lilies, oil on canvas, 80.4 x 110.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlandscape with water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | A wooded landscape, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 44.6 x 59.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '20

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A wooded landscape

Dirk Smorenberg | Trees along a waterway, oil on canvas, 124.5 x 196.4 cm, signed l.r. and executed ca. 1915-1916

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Trees along a waterway

Dirk Smorenberg | Sailing ships on the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 60.4 cm, signed l.r.

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Sailing ships on the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Winterlandscape with frozen river, oil on canvas, 73.0 x 95.2 cm, signed l.r. and painted '22

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Winterlandscape with frozen river

Dirk Smorenberg | Moored flatboat, oil on canvas, 25.5 x 30.6 cm, signed l.r. and painted '25

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Moored flatboat

Dirk Smorenberg | Chrysanteum, oil on canvas, 100.2 x 120.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Chrysanteum

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 64.8 x 100.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Landscape in the snow, Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 62.5 x 117.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '12

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Landscape in the snow, Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | Flowers, oil on canvas, 49.2 x 104.2 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1912-1914

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Flowers

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 55.5 x 76.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '21

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | The Oude Wierdenseweg, Almelo, oil on canvas, 31.2 x 39.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '24

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The Oude Wierdenseweg, Almelo

Dirk Smorenberg | Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 53.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1953 on the reverse

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Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | Sailing boats on the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 73.0 x 87.2 cm, signed l.l.

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Sailing boats on the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Farms near Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 54.3 x 69.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '14

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Farms near Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | Snow-covered mountains, Switserland, oil on canvas, 70.5 x 117.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated '12

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Snow-covered mountains, Switserland

Dirk Smorenberg | Violets in a vase, oil on board, 41.8 x 31.4 cm, signed l.r.

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Violets in a vase

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 24.8 x 32.8 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Orchids, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 49.6 cm, signed l.r.

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Orchids

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen in summer, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r.

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen in summer

Dirk Smorenberg | A water lily, oil on canvas, 39.3 x 54.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '23

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A water lily

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 11.2 x 28.7 cm, signed l.r.

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | A moored boat in a winter landscape, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A moored boat in a winter landscape

Dirk Smorenberg | Anemones in a vase, oil on canvas, 55.2 x 70.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '25

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Anemones in a vase

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 40.4 x 30.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Willows along a stream, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '14

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Willows along a stream

Dirk Smorenberg | A river landscape, oil on canvas, 25.5 x 30.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '25

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A river landscape

Dirk Smorenberg | Landscape near the Lake Geneva, oil on canvas, 45.2 x 60.7 cm, signed l.r. and paintted between 1910-1920

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Landscape near the Lake Geneva

Dirk Smorenberg | Zinnias in a blue pot, oil on canvas, 50.1 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '24

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Zinnias in a blue pot

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 40.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | A still life of tulips in a vase, oil on canvas, 66.8 x 66.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '16

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A still life of tulips in a vase

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen in winter, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '23

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen in winter

Dirk Smorenberg | Snow-covered mountainous landscape, oil on canvas, 45.3 x 65.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '24

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Snow-covered mountainous landscape

Dirk Smorenberg | Begonias, oil on canvas, 42.5 x 64.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '19

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Begonias

Dirk Smorenberg | A moored barge, oil on canvas, 39.5 x 60.7 cm, signed l.r.

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A moored barge

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies, oil on canvas, 55.0 x 80.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '23

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 89.8 x 115.1 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 39.0 cm, signed l.r.

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | water lilies, oil on canvas, 51.1 x 39.2 cm, signed l.r.

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water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | A winter landscape, Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 40.2 cm, signed l.r.

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A winter landscape, Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Loosdrecht in winter, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 50.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Loosdrecht in winter

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 45.0 x 65.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '23

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Water lilies, Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Kortenhoef in winter, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 70.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '25

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Kortenhoef in winter

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r.

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | A snow-covered landscape near Ankeveen, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 41.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A snow-covered landscape near Ankeveen

Dirk Smorenberg | A lake with waterlilies, oil on canvas, 54.4 x 69.1 cm, signed l.r.

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A lake with waterlilies

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen in winter, oil on canvas, 45.2 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted between 1949-1950

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen in winter

Dirk Smorenberg | Trees along a waterway, oil on canvas, 37.7 x 47.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1917

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Trees along a waterway

Dirk Smorenberg | A winter landscape, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r.

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A winter landscape

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlilies, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 45.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlilies, oil on canvas, 45.4 x 45.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlilies

Dirk Smorenberg | 'Huisje Toon Wingelaar', Horndijk, oil on canvas, 63.5 x 89.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '21

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'Huisje Toon Wingelaar', Horndijk

Dirk Smorenberg | Anemones in a blue vase, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1922

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Anemones in a blue vase

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlilies,Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlilies,Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | A winter landscape with moored barges, oil on canvas, 44.3 x 34.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '24

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A winter landscape with moored barges

Dirk Smorenberg | A stream in a snow-covered landscape, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '07

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A stream in a snow-covered landscape

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlilies, oil on canvas, 30.0 x 20.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies, Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | Lake view, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 70.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Lake view

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies, oil on canvas, 45.0 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies


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Dirk Smorenberg | View of the Vuntusplas in winter, oil on canvas, 73.0 x 95.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '22

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View of the Vuntusplas in winter, 1922

Dirk Smorenberg | A winter water landscape near Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 50.2 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A winter water landscape near Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | Water lilies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 54.2 x 41.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Water lilies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | A winter landscape near Loosdrecht, oil on canvas, 46.1 x 73.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A winter landscape near Loosdrecht

Dirk Smorenberg | A view of the Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 60.4 cm, signed l.r.

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A view of the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | Lake near Loosdrecht with water lilies, oil on canvas, 70.2 x 89.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '24

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Lake near Loosdrecht with water lilies, 1924

Dirk Smorenberg | Spider mums, oil on canvas, 116.2 x 90.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Spider mums

Dirk Smorenberg | Amaryllis flowers and tulips, oil on canvas, 121.4 x 81.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Amaryllis flowers and tulips

Dirk Smorenberg | A view of a lake with water lilies, oil on canvas, 60.1 x 45.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1930

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A view of a lake with water lilies, ca. 1930

Dirk Smorenberg | Waterlillies in the  Loosdrechtse Plassen, oil on canvas, 49.5 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r.

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Waterlillies in the Loosdrechtse Plassen

Dirk Smorenberg | The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 39.0 cm, signed l.r.

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The Loosdrechtse Plassen with water lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | Water Lilies, oil on panel, 45.0 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r.

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Water Lilies

Dirk Smorenberg | The Keukenhof, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 55.5 cm, signed l.r.

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The Keukenhof


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