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Geer van Velde artwork • painting • previously for sale La Clairvoyante

Velde G. van | Gerardus 'Geer' van Velde, La Clairvoyante, oil on canvas 80.5 x 100.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1932

Geer van Velde

La Clairvoyante
oil on canvas 80.5 x 100.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1932

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: coll. P.A. Regnault, Laren; veiling Paul Brandt, Amsterdam, Collection de tableaux modernes P.A. Regnault, 22 en 23 oktober 1958, 131 (als 'La diseuse de bonne aventure'); coll. E. Estorich, Londen.
Literature: Erik Slagter, 'Geer van Velde en het licht', Zwolle1998, pag. 32 (met afb.) (foutief gedateerd 1936); Anita Hopmans e.a., 'Bram et Geer van Velde. Deux peintres. Un nom', Parijs 2010, pag. 57, 42 (met afb. in kleur).
Exhibited: Lyon, Frankrijk, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 'Bram et Geer van Velde', 16 april-1 aug. 2010.

Geer van Velde belongs to the pre-eminent artists of the post-war École de Paris. Originally a house painter, he joined his brother Bram in Paris in 1925 to develop his artistic talent further. At first he made figurative-expressionist work. However, especially after his move to the South of France in 1938, he found his own style, influenced by the Mediterranean light: reality simplified into vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines and filled-in areas of colour. In this, the depiction of a pale, filtered light played a major role. Until 1940 figures and objects were still recognisable in his work.

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