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Willy Boers artwork • painting • previously for saleBlossoming cactus

Boers W.H.F.  | 'Willy' Herman Friederich Boers, Blossoming cactus, oil on panel 40.0 x 30.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and painted in 1933

Willy Boers

Blossoming cactus
oil on panel 40.0 x 30.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and painted in 1933

This framed painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: part. bezit Duitsland.
Literature: tent.cat. Utrecht, Gerbrands' Kunsthandel, 'Willy Boers. Schilderijen en Tekeningen', 1936, cat.nr. 12; tent.cat. Putten, Kunstcentrum d'Olde Deel, 'Tentoonstelling De Onafhankelijken', 1936, cat.nr. 2; tent.cat. Bussum, Kunstcentrum Huize Amalia, 'Willy Boers, schilder. Hubert van Lith, beeldhouwer', 1936, cat.nr. 9; tent.cat. Rotterdam, Kunstzaal De Schakel, 'Schilderijen van Willy Boers', 1936, cat.nr. 9; tent.cat. Amersfoort, Sierkunst, 'Willy Boers en Steven van de Hagevlaar', 1937, cat.nr. 4; Elmyra M.H. van Dooren, 'Willy Boers 1905-1978', Naarden 1995, pag. 293.
Exhibited: Amsterdam, Park Hotel, 'Tentoonstelling Nederlands Kunstenaarscentrum', 9 dec. 1933-27 jan. 1934; Amsterdam, 1e H.B.S. Keizersgracht, 1934; Tilburg, Kunstzaal Unique, 17 maart-8 april 1934; Utrecht, Gerbrands' Kunsthandel, 'Willy Boers. Schilderijen en Tekeningen', 15 april-6 mei 1936; Haarlem, Kunstzaal Reeker, 'Schilderijen en tekeningen van Willy Boers en mevr. H. Andereya-Ilcken (Zeeland)', 11 mei-5 juni 1936; Putten, Kunstcentrum d'Olde Deel, 'Tentoonstelling De Onafhankelijken', sept. 1936; Bussum, Kunstcentrum Huize Amalia, 'Willy Boers, schilder. Hubert van Lith, beeldhouwer', 10-31 okt. 1936; Rotterdam, Kunstzaal De Schakel, 'Schilderijen van Willy Boers', nov.-dec. 1936; Amersfoort, Sierkunst, 'Willy Boers en Steven van de Hagevlaar', dec. 1937; Den Haag, Toonzaal 'Kunst van onzen tijd', 'Schilderijen en teekeningen van Willy Boers, Eugénie de Loutchinskaye, aardewerk en tuinplastiek van Brouwer', 12 juni-3 juli 1937.

The Amsterdam painter Willy Boers was one of the key figures involved in the post Second World War renewal of visual art in the Netherlands. To this end, he became one of the co-founders of the Vrij Beelden (New Images) group in 1946, which also included Hussem, Roëde and Ouburg, and who exhibited regularly at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Vrij Beelden painters chose to work in an abstract and experimental style, freely building on existing movements like Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism. This was in contrast to Cobra artists, who broke away entirely from the prevailing idiom. Boers’ work became completely abstract after 1945, with evident influences from Kandinsky. In 1950, along with artists like Rooskens and Brands, he co-founded the Creation group, in which abstraction and the experimental again played a role. As well as being a naturally talented painter, he was a gifted author, writing many enlightening articles on abstract art.


Willy Boers | Imaginative activity, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 58.0 cm, signed l.r. and gedateerd 1949

Willy Boers

painting • for sale

Imaginative activity, 1949


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