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Jan Wiegersartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsman • printmakerKommerzijl 1893-1959 Amsterdam

biography of Jan Wiegers

Jan Wiegers only started at the age of 13 with the three-year starting course at the Minerva academy in Groningen. Then sculpture and painting lessons follow. After several years of touring and working in Germany, he obtained a Decorative Painting degree from Minerva. Wiegers is a strong supporter of artistic innovation and experiment and therefore founded the Groninger De Ploeg in 1918 with a number of other painters. At that time he experiments with simplification of shapes and displays his subjects in simple, large areas of color. Groningen critics described him as 'the most modern shield of Groningen'. Two years later, in 1920, Wiegers travels to Davos in Switzerland, where he has to cure because of TB. To pay for his trip, his painter friends went around with the hat. The stay in Davos is of decisive importance for Wiegers. He meets the German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, who came out of the First World War badly damaged. A close friendship develops between the two. Together they undertake daily hikes and sketch trips in the mountain landscape around Davos and Wiegers becomes established in the 'Davoser Kunstszene' that has formed around Kirchner. Far from home, Wiegers is influenced by Kirchner's vehement and colorful expressionism. After returning to Groningen, Wiegers would regularly travel to Switzerland to visit his friend Kirchner until his death in 1936, and to find inspiration in the enchanting mountain nature.

Once recovered and back in Groningen, Wiegers introduces a new, Kirchner-inspired, expressionist style and thereby gives a decisive twist to De Ploeg's painting. Exuberant colors, a bold transformation of nature, reality and new use of paint characterize the new way of working. Altink, Dijkstra, Jordens and Werkman adopt this and a collective style emerges that characterizes the heyday of De Ploeg (1925-1928). In these years, Wieger's oeuvre has a wide variety of subjects. The Swiss landscape plays an important role. He also paints Groningen landscapes, nudes, still lifes, interiors and a large number of portraits. His style changed after 1927. The large, clearly demarcated areas of color give way to a more fluid, moderate expressionistism.

In 1934 Wiegers settled in Amsterdam where he was a popular and much sought-after portrait painter and in 1943 he became a professor at the academy. He remains involved in the Groningen art life, but the Groningen landscape disappears from his work. The typical rhythmic lines that he has used in his work in recent years give way to a more traditional form treatment. This is criticized: it lacks inspiration and loses freshness compared to the revolutionary work he made around 1925.

During the occupation, Wiegers lived in the Gooi for several years, where he painted and was active in the artists' resistance. He is a member of a committee set up to represent the interests of various art groups. Wiegers takes a different path in his work; according to W. Jos de Gruijter 'the' modern 'in his work resumes his rights.'

Wieger's work has been exhibited extensively, both in the Netherlands and abroad. He is considered one of the most important modernists in our country and the most modern of the Ploeg.


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Jan Wiegers | A Swiss landscape; on the reverse: A flower still life, oil on canvas, 40.4 x 60.3 cm, signed verso with initials and painted late '20

Jan Wiegers

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A Swiss landscape; on the reverse: A flower still life, ca. 1927-1929

Jan Wiegers | A farm in Saasveld, Twente, oil on canvas, 46.6 x 61.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '40

Jan Wiegers

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A farm in Saasveld, Twente, 1940

Jan Wiegers | A farm in Twente, oil on canvas, 45.4 x 55.7 cm, signed l.r. with initials and on the stretcher in full and dated '40

Jan Wiegers

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A farm in Twente, 1940

Jan Wiegers | A polder landscape with seawall, Groningen, wax paint on canvas, 53.0 x 80.3 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1930-1933

Jan Wiegers

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A polder landscape with seawall, Groningen, ca. 1930-1933

Jan Wiegers | A still life with apples, watercolour on paper, 21.8 x 27.5 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • for sale

A still life with apples

Jan Wiegers | A still life with flowers, oil on paper, 38.1 x 47.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '29

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A still life with flowers, 1929

Jan Wiegers | A summer bouquet, oil on canvas, 73.7 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '41

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A summer bouquet, 1941

Jan Wiegers | A view of Tegna, Ticino, Switzerland, oil on canvas, 61.5 x 73.4 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1949

Jan Wiegers

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A view of Tegna, Ticino, Switzerland, ca. 1949

Jan Wiegers | Farm in Saasveld, oil on canvas, 46.0 x 61.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '40

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Farm in Saasveld

Jan Wiegers | Fir, Frauenkirch (Davos), oil on panel, 39.9 x 30.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '36

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Fir, Frauenkirch (Davos), 1936

Jan Wiegers | Forest road, pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 32.1 x 25.3 cm, signed l.m.

Jan Wiegers

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Forest road

Jan Wiegers | Garden in Ticino, wax paint on canvas, 50.6 x 61.7 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1947-1950

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Garden in Ticino, ca. 1947-1950

Jan Wiegers | Landscape Veluwe, oil on canvas, 61.4 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '41

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Landscape Veluwe, 1941

Jan Wiegers | Standing nude, oil on canvas, 61.3 x 46.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted in the 1940s

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Standing nude, 1940-1949

Jan Wiegers | Swiss mountain landscape; on the reverse: Portait of a boy, pencil and grease pencil on paper, 17.5 x 21.5 cm, signed l.l. and executed ca. 1920

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Swiss mountain landscape; on the reverse: Portait of a boy, ca. 1920

Jan Wiegers | The Gelderse kade, Amsterdam, oil on canvas, 70.2 x 54.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated '35

Jan Wiegers

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The Gelderse kade, Amsterdam, 1935


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Jan Wiegers | A bunch of wildflowers, oil on canvas, 61.3 x 50.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '44

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A bunch of wildflowers

Jan Wiegers | A farmstead, Groningen, pencil and watercolour on paper, 25.3 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '27

Jan Wiegers

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A farmstead, Groningen

Jan Wiegers | A female nude, oil on canvas, 70.3 x 60.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '41

Jan Wiegers

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A female nude

Jan Wiegers | A flower still life, oil on canvas, 64.4 x 52.8 cm, signed l.l.

Jan Wiegers

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A flower still life

Jan Wiegers | A flower still life, oil on canvas, 61.4 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r. with initials and on the reverse and dated 1956 on the reverse

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A flower still life

Jan Wiegers | A portrait of a child, chalk on paper, 21.5 x 15.5 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

A portrait of a child

Jan Wiegers | A standing nude 'Truus Trompert', oil on canvas, 70.3 x 50.0 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Wiegers

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A standing nude 'Truus Trompert'

Jan Wiegers | A still life with apples, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 50.5 cm, signed m.r.

Jan Wiegers

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A still life with apples

Jan Wiegers | A still life with coffee urn, aquatint, 35.0 x 28.0 cm, signed l.r. with stamp

Jan Wiegers

prints & multiples • previously for sale

A still life with coffee urn

Jan Wiegers | A still life with pears and a apple, oil on canvas, 30.2 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Wiegers

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A still life with pears and a apple

Jan Wiegers | A still life with roses, oil on canvas, 65.4 x 51.5 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Wiegers

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A still life with roses

Jan Wiegers | A view of Tegna, Ticino, oil on canvas, 60.2 x 73.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated on the reverse '49

Jan Wiegers

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A view of Tegna, Ticino

Jan Wiegers | At the jewelry shop, pen, brush and ink on paper, 21.6 x 17.5 cm, signed l.c. and on the reverse

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

At the jewelry shop

Jan Wiegers | Chess players, woodcut on paper, 49.0 x 38.3 cm, signed l.r. with studio stamp and executed ca. 1920

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Chess players

Jan Wiegers | Closing the dikes, Zeeland 1953, gouache on paper, 42.4 x 53.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 'Schelphoek' juli 1953

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Closing the dikes, Zeeland 1953

Jan Wiegers | Country road with houses and trees, black chalk and watercolour on paper, 38.4 x 25.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '56

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Country road with houses and trees

Jan Wiegers | Farmhouses near Groningen, oil on canvas, 40.1 x 75.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted circa 1930-1933

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Farmhouses near Groningen

Jan Wiegers | Female dancer, oil on canvas, 40.4 x 30.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '41

Jan Wiegers

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Female dancer

Jan Wiegers | Landscape Twenthe, oil on canvas, 50.4 x 61.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted '40

Jan Wiegers

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Landscape Twenthe

Jan Wiegers | Landscape with road, pencil and watercolour on paper, 38.5 x 35.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '28

Jan Wiegers

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Landscape with road

Jan Wiegers | Lugano, coloured lithograph, 31.2 x 41.3 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '59 (in pencil)

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Lugano

Jan Wiegers | Mountain landscape Davos; verso: sketch of a boy, pencil and grease pencil on paper, 17.5 x 21.7 cm, signed l.l. with stamp

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Mountain landscape Davos; verso: sketch of a boy

Jan Wiegers | Mountain landscape near Davos, black chalk, coloured pencil and wax crayons on paper, 23.7 x 28.5 cm, signed l.r.

Jan Wiegers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Mountain landscape near Davos

Jan Wiegers | Mountainous landscape, wax paint on canvas, 52.2 x 68.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted '27

Jan Wiegers

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Mountainous landscape

Jan Wiegers | Portrait of a man, oil on canvas, 48.6 x 38.6 cm, signed r.m. (above the shoulder) and dated '30

Jan Wiegers

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Portrait of a man

Jan Wiegers | Sailing boats on the Paterswoldsemeer, wax paint on canvas, 45.5 x 50.4 cm, signed l.r. (twice) and painted ca. 1931

Jan Wiegers

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Sailing boats on the Paterswoldsemeer

Jan Wiegers | Seated nude, wax paint on canvas, 70.4 x 55.4 cm, signed l.m. and dated '25

Jan Wiegers

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Seated nude

Jan Wiegers | Sitting nude, oil on canvas, 60.3 x 45.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '43

Jan Wiegers

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Sitting nude

Jan Wiegers | The Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam, with the Waag, oil on canvas, 45.3 x 55.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated '35

Jan Wiegers

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The Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam, with the Waag

Jan Wiegers | The Veluwe, oil on canvas, 61.4 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r. and painted '41

Jan Wiegers

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The Veluwe

Jan Wiegers | The church of St. Vincent-de-Paul, Paris, oil on canvas, 71.0 x 60.6 cm, signed l.r. and dated '31

Jan Wiegers

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The church of St. Vincent-de-Paul, Paris

Jan Wiegers | The house of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davos, woodcut on Japanese paper, 31.0 x 32.5 cm, signed l.r. in pencil

Jan Wiegers

prints & multiples • previously for sale

The house of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davos

Jan Wiegers | The house of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davos, woodcut on paper, 29.5 x 29.5 cm, signed l.r. in pencil

Jan Wiegers

prints & multiples • previously for sale

The house of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davos


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