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Jacoba van Heemskerck van Beest artwork • painting • previously for sale Bild no. 86

Heemskerck van Beest J.B. van | 'Jacoba' Berendina van Heemskerck van Beest, Bild no. 86, oil on canvas 60.4 x 70.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1918

Jacoba van Heemskerck van Beest

Bild no. 86
oil on canvas 60.4 x 70.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1918

This painting was previously for sale.

Literature: A.H. Huussen jr., J.F.A. van Paaschen-Louwerse, 'Jacoba van Heemskerck van Beest 1876-1923. Schilderes uit roeping', Zwolle 2005, pag. 239, 87; Francisca van Vloten, 'Nieuw licht! Jan Toorop en de Domburgsch Tentoonstellingen 1911-1921', Deventer 2011, pag. 160 (met afb. in kleur pag. 161).
Exhibited: Berlijn, Potsdamer Strasse 134a, 'Kunstausstellung Der Sturm', april [?] 1918.

Jacoba van Heemskerck’s work reveals a great affinity with German Expressionism and Kandinsky’s abstract art, particularly when in Berlin, after 1913, when she regularly mixed in the avant-garde circles around Herwarth Walden and his gallery ‘Der Sturm’. There, along with Kandinsky, Marc and Klee, she was seen as one of the great modern artists. Under their influence, she evolved an idiosyncratic form of Expressionism, in which her anthroposophist philosophy played a role. Her paintings and woodcuts clearly reflect an inner spiritual experience. Thus a tree was not painted as she saw it but as her spirit experienced it. She emphasised this break with reality by giving her works numbers instead of a title.

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