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Charley Toorop artwork • painting • previously for sale Still life with fruit, a bottle and a newspaper

Toorop A.C.P.  | Annie Caroline Pontifex 'Charley' Toorop, Still life with fruit, a bottle and a newspaper, oil on canvas 60.2 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r. with initials and painted circa 1926

Charley Toorop

Still life with fruit, a bottle and a newspaper
oil on canvas 60.2 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r. with initials and painted circa 1926

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: geruild met kunstenaar Thijs Rinsema (1877-1947) in 1926 voor een handgemaakt doosje van zijn hand, daarna door vererving in bezit gekomen van diens zwager; veiling Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 6 april 1987, lotnr. 38; part. coll. Nederland; veiling Christie's, Amsterdam, 4 dec. 2001, lotnr. 285, aldaar gekocht door de vorige eigenaar.

Charley Toorop was the gifted daughter of Jan Toorop. After having lessons from H.P. Bremmer and her father, she settled in Bergen where she developed an Expressionist style of painting. It was not the actual observation of nature that became the subject of Toorop’s paintings but her own inner world. This she expressed in highly simplified forms and animated colours. After 1920 she painted many portraits, still lifes and scenes from nature in a representational style. These are distinguished by their bright tones and sharp contrasts between light and shade, which lend the pictures an immense expressive power.


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