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Gerrit Bennerartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanLeeuwarden 1897-1981 Nijemirdum

biography of Gerrit Benner

The subject matter of Gerrit Benner’s paintings was nearly always the Friesian landscape with its sweeping horizons, farmhouses, dunes and cattle grazing on the land. At the same time he was not concerned with purely depicting reality, but expressing his deep admiration for this kind of nature in simple forms and using the same four or five colours. Benner was self taught and worked in the culturally fairly isolated province of Friesland until 1953, when he moved to Amsterdam. Here he was absorbed into the post-war renewal movement that dominated the city’s artistic climate at the time.


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Benner G.


Benner G.  | A woman in an interior; on the reverse: Composition, watercolour and gouache on paper, 49.5 x 65.5 cm, signed l.l.Benner G.

A woman in an interior; on the reverse: Composition, watercolour and gouache on paper, 49.5 x 65.5 cm, signed l.l.

Benner G.  | Drowned land, oil on canvas, 80.3 x 100.0 cm, painted in 1954Benner G.

Drowned land, oil on canvas, 80.3 x 100.0 cm, painted in 1954

Benner G.  | Figure and sea, oil on canvas, 70.0 x 50.0 cm, signed on the reverseBenner G.

Figure and sea, oil on canvas, 70.0 x 50.0 cm, signed on the reverse

Benner G.  | Horseman, gouache on paper, 70.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated circa 1957Benner G.

Horseman, gouache on paper, 70.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated circa 1957

Benner G.  | Man, horse and flowers, oil on canvas, 99.5 x 59.3 cm, signed on the reverse and painted 1959Benner G.

Man, horse and flowers, oil on canvas, 99.5 x 59.3 cm, signed on the reverse and painted 1959

Benner G.  | Untitled, oil on canvas, 129.5 x 100.0 cm, signed on the reverse and painted ca. 1960Benner G.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 129.5 x 100.0 cm, signed on the reverse and painted ca. 1960


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Benner G.


Benner G.  | A Dutch polder landscape, oil on canvas, 80.0 x 100.0 cm, painted ca. 1965Benner G.

A Dutch polder landscape, oil on canvas, 80.0 x 100.0 cm, painted ca. 1965

Benner G.  | A couple, gouache on paper, 50.0 x 65.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1967 on the reverseBenner G.

A couple, gouache on paper, 50.0 x 65.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1967 on the reverse

Benner G.  | Birds, New year card, gouache on paper, 24.9 x 16.9 cm, signed l.r.Benner G.

Birds, New year card, gouache on paper, 24.9 x 16.9 cm, signed l.r.

Benner G.  | Children at play, gouache on paper, 65.3 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r.Benner G.

Children at play, gouache on paper, 65.3 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r.

Benner G.  | Figure, gouache on paper, 50.0 x 37.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1956Benner G.

Figure, gouache on paper, 50.0 x 37.1 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1956

Benner G.  | Figures in the forest, acrylic on paper, 75.6 x 55.9 cm, signed l.r. and painted in 1960'sBenner G.

Figures in the forest, acrylic on paper, 75.6 x 55.9 cm, signed l.r. and painted in 1960's

Benner G.  | Forest, oil on paper laid down on board, 56.3 x 75.7 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1953Benner G.

Forest, oil on paper laid down on board, 56.3 x 75.7 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1953

Benner G.  | Forest with birds, oil on canvas, 99.8 x 80.0 cm, signed reverse and painted in 1968-1969Benner G.

Forest with birds, oil on canvas, 99.8 x 80.0 cm, signed reverse and painted in 1968-1969

Benner G.  | Kissing chicken, chalk and gouache on paper, 65.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. and ca. 1965Benner G.

Kissing chicken, chalk and gouache on paper, 65.0 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. and ca. 1965

Benner G.  | Landscape, watercolour on paper, 49.7 x 64.7 cm, signed l.r. and te dateren 1970Benner G.

Landscape, watercolour on paper, 49.7 x 64.7 cm, signed l.r. and te dateren 1970

Benner G.  | Sea and clouds, gouache on paper, 51.0 x 66.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1951Benner G.

Sea and clouds, gouache on paper, 51.0 x 66.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1951

Benner G.  | Sealandscape, gouache on paper, 50.6 x 66.4 cm, executed ca. 1964Benner G.

Sealandscape, gouache on paper, 50.6 x 66.4 cm, executed ca. 1964

Benner G.  | Sunset, watercolour and gouache on paper, 55.6 x 75.4 cm, signed l.r.Benner G.

Sunset, watercolour and gouache on paper, 55.6 x 75.4 cm, signed l.r.

Benner G.  | Sunset, gouache on paper, 61.5 x 47.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1954Benner G.

Sunset, gouache on paper, 61.5 x 47.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1954

Benner G.  | Threes, oil on paper laid down on panel, 55.0 x 75.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1953Benner G.

Threes, oil on paper laid down on panel, 55.0 x 75.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1953

Benner G.  | Two birds, gouache on paper, 65.2 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated between 1956-1958Benner G.

Two birds, gouache on paper, 65.2 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated between 1956-1958

Benner G.  | Two horsemen, oil on canvas, 74.9 x 60.0 cm, signed on the reverseBenner G.

Two horsemen, oil on canvas, 74.9 x 60.0 cm, signed on the reverse


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