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Charles van Wijk artwork • statue • sculpture • previously for sale Homewards

Wijk C.H.M. van | 'Charles' Henri Marie van Wijk, Homewards, bronze 56.0 x 50.0 cm, signed on the base and dated on the base 1900

Charles van Wijk

bronze 56.0 x 50.0 cm, signed on the base and dated on the base 1900

This sculpture was previously for sale.

Provenance: part. bezit Oostenrijk.
Literature: vgl.: Helena Stork, 'Charles van Wijk (1875-1917). 'Beeldhouwer van een vrij en ongebonden volk'', Katwijk 1999, afb. in kleur pag. 25 (van een ander exemplaar).

The sculptor Charles van Wijk was familiar with the 'metier' of bronze foundry from an early age. He also completed the Hague Academy, a course that he completed with an apprenticeship in Paris and Brussels. After his return to the Netherlands (1897) he breaks with the traditions within his profession and opts for impressionism. He finds subjects in the Veluwe, where he models rural people and farmers from life. After that he focuses on fishermen's life in Katwijk. From 1903 he regularly stays there, as the only sculptor among the painters. It results in well-known images such as 'Old fisherman', 'The caller' and 'Krijntje'. In addition to small sculptures, Van Wijk also produced commissioned portraits and monumental sculptures.

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