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Marius Richters artwork • painting • previously for sale Streetcars near the Beursplein, Rotterdam

Marius Richters

Streetcars near the Beursplein, Rotterdam
oil on canvas 70.0 x 110.2 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1913

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: coll. familie Van Nes-Richters.
Literature: Liesbeth van der Zeeuw, 'Marius Richters Rotterdam: schilder en glazenier 1878-1955', Bussum 2005, pag. 23, afb. 19 (in kleur).
Exhibited: Rotterdam, Historisch Museum Rotterdam, Het Schielandhuis, 'Marius Richters Rotterdam, schilder en glazenier (1878-1955), 24 sept. 2005-22 jan. 2006.

Marius Richters is considered a true Rotterdam painter. He mainly borrowed his motifs from the port company, painted the polders around this port city and was one of the founders of the Rotterdam avant-garde group De Branding. His dockworkers, coal and grain unloaders and shipbuilders bear witness to a strong sense of drama. The same is true for his landscapes: endless plains stretched out under a clear blue sky or with breaking sunlight, a single tree moved by the wind. In these landscapes too, hard work is always done and the suggestion of an immeasurable, wind-blown space is reinforced by the insignificance of these working figures. For Richters, the painting was the embodiment of controlled feeling. Together with Jan Sluijters, George Hoogerwaard, Huib Luns and Johan Thorn Prikker, he made the famous murals (1918-1919) in the Raadzaal of the Rotterdam city hall.

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