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Wim Oepts artwork • painting • previously for sale French village square with plane-trees

Oepts W.A.  | Willem Anthonie 'Wim' Oepts, French village square with plane-trees, oil on canvas 50.0 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '58

Wim Oepts

French village square with plane-trees
oil on canvas 50.0 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '58

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: Kunsthandel Liernur, Den Haag; coll. Mees-Penaat; Kunsthandel M.L. de Boer, Amsterdam; part.coll. Nederland.
Literature: Dolf Welling, 'Wim Oepts. Schilder van het zonnige Zuiden', Zwolle 1991, afb, in kleur pag. 58; Marie-Louise van Aubel e.a., 'Willem Anthonie Oepts 1904-1988', Zwolle 2011, pag. 182, SK. 192 (met afb in kleur).
Exhibited: tent. cat. Laren, Singer Museum, 'Wim Oepts (1904-1988)', 22 sept.-17 nov. 1991.

Wim Oepts first earned his spurs in the Dutch art world with social-realist paintings. In 1938 he left for Paris where he had painting lessons from Emile-Othon Friesz and became acquainted with the work of Pierre Bonnard and André Derain. There he came to the conclusion that colour was the very essence of painting. This led to a visit to the South of France and his resulting paintings of villages and Mediterranean landscapes are striking for their colourful palette. After 1945 Oepts often worked with violet, bright yellow and cobalt blue, in search of a compromise between figuration and abstraction. In the early seventies his paintings reached their zenith. Oepts had been able to find the correct balance between monumentality and detail.

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