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Johan van Hell artwork • painting • previously for sale Cleaning the windows

Hell J.G.D. van | Johannes Gerardus Diederik 'Johan' van Hell, Cleaning the windows, oil on canvas 100.0 x 75.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1927

Johan van Hell

Cleaning the windows
oil on canvas 100.0 x 75.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1927

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: veiling S.J. Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 1 nov. 1966, lotnr. 17.
Literature: tent.cat. Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 'Tentoonstelling door de Vereeniging van Nederlandsche Beeldende Kunstenaars 'De Brug'', 1927, cat.nr. 60; Tineke Reijnders e.a., 'Johan van Hell 1889-1952', Warnsveld 2005, pag. 56, afb. 75 (in kleur), pag. 57, pag. 88, cat.nr. S 90 (met afb. in kleur).
Exhibited: Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 'Tentoonstelling door de Vereeniging van Nederlandsche Beeldende Kunstenaars 'De Brug'', 30 juli-28 aug. 1927; Arnhem, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, 'Van de straat - het sociaal engagement van Johan van Hell (1889-1952)', 12 nov. 2005-12 febr. 2006; Alkmaar, Stedelijk Museum, 'Huwelijk of kunst? Het onbekende talent van Alida Pott (1888-1931) en Pau Wijnman (1889-1930)', 30 mei-12 okt. 2009.

The work of the Amsterdam painter Johan van Hell cannot be separated from his political convictions, especially his socialist leanings. He was involved with the SDAP (Social Democratic Workers’ Party) and the SKK (Socialist Artists’ Circle) and worked as an illustrator for left-wing newspapers and magazines. As a painter he was chiefly interested in depicting the lives of everyday people on the street. In order to make his work accessible to this group he used a simple figurative idiom without any depth to it, in which taut lines, forms and bright colours determine the composition. As well as painting, Van Hell made a living by producing book illustrations and giving drawing and music lessons


Johan van Hell | Three grazing horses, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 80.5 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1926

Johan van Hell

painting • for sale

Three grazing horses, 1926


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