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Else Berg artwork • watercolour • drawing • previously for saleChildren

Berg E.  | Else Berg, Children, charcoal on paper 65.1 x 50.1 cm, signed l.r.

Else Berg

charcoal on paper 65.1 x 50.1 cm, signed l.r.

This work on paper was previously for sale.

Provenance: coll. Else Berg en Mommie Schwarz, Amsterdam; Ton Meijer, Amsterdam, 1942; erven Ton Meijer.
Literature: Cees Kamerbeek, Jarmila Kamerbeek, Marjan de Man, Onno Maurer, 'Jongkind tot Van der Leck: de passie van een collectioneur. Collectie Kamerbeek', Amersfoort 2007, pag. 114, 34 (met afb. in kleur pag. 115).

The Upper Silesia-born painter Else Berg was one of the first in the Netherlands to be drawn to the sober forms and vivid colour use of the German Expressionists. In a robustly composed language she painted landscapes, figures and still lifes. After she moved with her husband, Mommie Schwarz, to Bergen in 1915, her palette became more sombre, even though the vivid pinks, yellows and blues still recall German Expressionism. The rhythmic, fanning out of her brushstrokes refer to the influence of theosophy, with which she came into contact via her friend Charley Toorop.

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