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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.


for salepaintings, watercolours, drawings and prints & multiples by Wiegers J.


Wiegers J.  | 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 '20Wiegers J.

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

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

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

Wiegers J.  | 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 '40Wiegers J.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wiegers J.  | 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. 1920Wiegers J.

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

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

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


previously for salepaintings, watercolours, drawings and prints & multiples by Wiegers J.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Wiegers J.  | 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 reverseWiegers J.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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