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Jan van Tongeren artwork • painting • previously for sale Still life with a wicker basket

Jan van Tongeren

Still life with a wicker basket
oil on canvas 65.2 x 75.2 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1947

This painting was previously for sale.

Literature: Amsterdam, Arti et Amicitiae, 'Voorjaarstentoonstelling', 1947, 81 (beloond met medaille); Adriaan Venema, 'Jan van Tongeren', Amsterdam 1977, afb. pag. 65; Andries van den Beek, 'Jan van Tongeren 1897-1991. Een begenadigd kunstenaar', in: 'Uut 't Oldebroek. Uitgave van de Oudheidkundige Vereniging De Broeklanden', najaar 2008, afb. pag. 23.
Exhibited: Amsterdam, Arti et Amicitiae, 'Voorjaarstentoonstelling', 26 april-26 mei 1947.

The work of Jan van Tongeren is considered to be part of the new realism, a movement that also includes that of Dick Ket and Raoul Hynckes. Characteristic of the painter's work is the realistic way in which he depicts the materials: the pottery of pots, parchment book covers or a woven cloth. For the painter, the essence of such a still life lay in the placement of the objects relative to each other and the spaces between them, so that the representation could be conceived in planes and shapes. He could therefore spend days arranging the objects into a balanced composition. After 1945, colours became more and more important in his work, at the expense of realistic material expression.

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