Jacoba van Heemskerck van Beest artwork • painting • previously for sale Bild no. 86
Jacoba van Heemskerck van Beest
Den Haag 1876-1923 Domburg
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.
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.