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Willy Boersartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanAmsterdam 1905-1978

biography of 'Willy' Herman Friederich Boers

The Amsterdam painter Willy Boers was one of the key figures involved in the post Second World War renewal of visual art in the Netherlands. To this end, he became one of the co-founders of the Vrij Beelden (New Images) group in 1946, which also included Hussem, Roëde and Ouburg, and who exhibited regularly at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Vrij Beelden painters chose to work in an abstract and experimental style, freely building on existing movements like Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism. This was in contrast to Cobra artists, who broke away entirely from the prevailing idiom. Boers’ work became completely abstract after 1945, with evident influences from Kandinsky. In 1950, along with artists like Rooskens and Brands, he co-founded the Creation group, in which abstraction and the experimental again played a role. As well as being a naturally talented painter, he was a gifted author, writing many enlightening articles on abstract art.


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Willy Boers


Willy Boers | 'Legende van de herfst' (Autumnlegend), oil on canvas, 62.4 x 78.2 cm, signed u.r. and dated '56

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

'Legende van de herfst' (Autumnlegend), 1956

Willy Boers | 'Vreemde processie', gouache on paper, 48.8 x 31.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '57

Willy Boers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

'Vreemde processie', 1957

Willy Boers | A canal scene with a red house, oil on canvas, 70.5 x 51.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1942

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

A canal scene with a red house, 1942

Willy Boers | A still life with leek, oil on canvas, 60.1 x 80.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated 1933 l.r. and on the reverse

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

A still life with leek, 1933

Willy Boers | Blossoming cactus, oil on panel, 40.0 x 30.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and painted in 1933

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

Blossoming cactus, 1933

Willy Boers | Exotic world, gouache on paper, 37.0 x 28.0 cm, signed l.r. and executed Sept. 6th '48

Willy Boers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Exotic world, 1948

Willy Boers | Festivities, oil on canvas, 33.0 x 55.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1949

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

Festivities, 1949

Willy Boers | Niets gaat verloren, oil on board, 56.8 x 60.8 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1953

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

Niets gaat verloren, 1953

Willy Boers | Preludium, oil on panel, 22.4 x 111.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1955

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

Preludium, 1955

Willy Boers | Untitled, gouache on paper, 32.0 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '55

Willy Boers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Untitled, 1955

Willy Boers | Untitled, gouache on paper, 31.5 x 49.0 cm, signed l.c. and on the reverse and dated '55 and on the reverse

Willy Boers

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Untitled, 1955

Willy Boers | Untitled, oil on canvas, 55.5 x 46.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1951

Willy Boers

painting • previously for sale

Untitled, 1951


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Willy Boers


Willy Boers | Imaginative activity, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 58.0 cm, signed l.r. and gedateerd 1949

Willy Boers

painting • for sale

Imaginative activity, 1949


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