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In Dutch post-war art, the exact representation of visible reality is definitively abandoned by many painters. Color and form are no longer in the service of the recognizable representation, but are independent means of expression. There is room for fantasy and experiment. The experience of the abstract work of art, stripped of reality as a point of reference, has become highly individual.

Demolition and construction
The emergence of abstract art around the First and Second World War seems to be linked to periods of destruction and reconstruction. Committed artists want a new art and a new society. Others look for the essence of things, the deeper reality behind the confusing multiplicity of the visible world. The abstraction, free from artistic traditions and social conventions, offers the opportunity to experiment with means of expression. Kandinsky, lyrical-abstract Orphism, Klee, the École de Paris, Mondrian, but also painters of De Ploeg are examples of this. After 1945, the Experimental Group, CoBrA and a number of young Amsterdam and Hague painters in particular form the face of abstract art in the Netherlands.

The A of CoBrA
In Amsterdam, after 1945, free experimentation is immediately reflected in the work of Karel Appel. He paints colorful human animal creatures and writes to his painter friend Corneille: "You shouldn't belong in a box (...) throw everything overboard". Corneille and Constant are also looking for a new visual language, just like Anton Rooskens, who in 1948 draws inspiration for his compositions from the "spontaneous", "primitive" art of South America and Africa. In 1948 they set up "The Experimental Group" together. Theo Wolvecamp and Eugène Brands join, as do Lucebert. At the end of 1948 Constant, Corneille and Appel are co-founders of the CoBrA group. And although the painters who belong to it soon go their separate ways - CoBrA is disbanded in 1951 - what binds them together is a common language: experimental, spontaneous and infinitely versatile in shape and color.

Children's drawings
For many artists, CoBrA was the inspiration to go their own way. Pieter Defesche, a member of the Amsterdam Limburgers, studied at the Amsterdam Rijksacademie shortly after the war. He absorbs the abstract expressionism of the CoBrA painters in lyrical compositions with the warm colors of the earth and the deep blues of the night. And a number of painters from The Hague, usually more modest than the Amsterdam painters, are seen as kindred spirits of CoBrA. Jan Roëde, for example, exhibits spontaneous work in 1948 that resembles children's drawings. He is asked to join the group, but he distances himself from the noise they are making. He develops his style in The Hague, in peace. Colors come first, then the shape. "I paint and don't know what it's going to be," he once said; with which he connects with Appel and his followers.

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Klaas Gubbels | Table, crayon and watercolour on paper, 12.5 x 16.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '76

Klaas Gubbels

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Table, 1976

Corneille | Le Chemin d'un Philosophe, watercolour and gouache on newspaper, 34.2 x 22.1 cm, signed u.l. and dated '47

Corneille

painting • for sale

Le Chemin d'un Philosophe, 1947

Anton Rooskens | Composition, lithograph, 70.1 x 49.7 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '73 (in pencil)

Anton Rooskens

prints & multiples • for sale

Composition, 1973

Anton Rooskens | Composition, lithograph, 70.0 x 49.6 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '73 (in pencil)

Anton Rooskens

prints & multiples • for sale

Composition, 1973

Anton Rooskens | Composition, lithograph, 70.0 x 49.6 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '73 (in pencil)

Anton Rooskens

prints & multiples • for sale

Composition, 1973

Joost Baljeu | W 5'58, screenprint on paper, 84.0 x 184.0 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '89 (in pencil)

Joost Baljeu

prints & multiples • for sale

W 5'58, 1989

Marc Mulders | Zonnebloemen Herfst II (Sunflowers Autumn II), oil on canvas, 30.2 x 60.0 cm, signed on the reverse and dated on the reverse sept. 97

Marc Mulders

painting • for sale

Zonnebloemen Herfst II (Sunflowers Autumn II), 1997

Willem Hussem | Composition, oil on canvas, 140.8 x 120.0 cm, signed on the stretcher with the artist's stamp and dated on the stretcher 1974

Willem Hussem

painting • for sale

Composition, 1974

Constant | Yellow Man, gouache on paper, 34.0 x 44.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '49

Constant

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Yellow Man, 1949

Klaas Gubbels | Tischchen deck dich - A painted wooden table containing a monograph on the artist., plywood, 31.0 x 31.5 cm, signed on the inside with initials and dated '97

Klaas Gubbels

painting • for sale

Tischchen deck dich - A painted wooden table containing a monograph on the artist., 1997

Eugène Brands | Flying fish, gouache and oil on paper, 45.9 x 49.1 cm, signed u.l. and dated 3.58

Eugène Brands

painting • for sale

Flying fish, 1958

Will Leewens | Transparent, oil on canvas, 80.1 x 100.4 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1983

Will Leewens

painting • for sale

Transparent, 1983

Jan Roëde | Tulip vase, oil on canvas, 81.2 x 100.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '74

Jan Roëde

painting • for sale

Tulip vase, 1974

Will Leewens | Glaze, oil on canvas, 80.7 x 100.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '74

Will Leewens

painting • for sale

Glaze, 1974

Kees van Bohemen | Untitled, oil on canvas, 206.0 x 115.7 cm, signed l.r.

Kees van Bohemen

painting • for sale

Untitled

Jan Roëde | Untitled, oil on painter's board, 35.0 x 27.0 cm, signed l.c. and executed ca. 1946-1948

Jan Roëde

painting • for sale

Untitled, ca. 1946-1948

Theo Wolvecamp | Untitled, oil on canvas, 24.3 x 30.6 cm, signed on the reverse

Theo Wolvecamp

painting • for sale

Untitled

Finn Pedersen | Untitled, oil on canvas, 100.3 x 130.5 cm, signed l.r.

Finn Pedersen

painting • for sale

Untitled

Finn Pedersen | Riddere i raelt univers, oil on canvas, 100.1 x 81.3 cm, signed u.l. and dated on the reverse 2000

Finn Pedersen

painting • for sale

Riddere i raelt univers, 2000

Jaap Wagemaker | Composition, mixed technique and collage on board, 40.8 x 50.3 cm, signed l.r. (vague) and dated '55 (vague)

Jaap Wagemaker

painting • for sale

Composition, 1955

Lucebert | Untitled, ink and gouache on paper, 31.5 x 47.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted in 1953

Lucebert

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Untitled, 1953

Lucebert | Untitled, gouache on paper, 51.8 x 35.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '57

Lucebert

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Untitled, 1957

Lucebert | Untitled, gouache on paper, 42.7 x 47.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated '54

Lucebert

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Untitled, 1954

Anton Heyboer | Untitled, oil on canvas, 100.0 x 130.2 cm, signed l.c. (twice) and u.r. and dated 1975 and 1977

Anton Heyboer

painting • for sale

Untitled, 1977

Bram van Velde | Untitled, lithograph, 51.5 x 74.7 cm, signed l.l.

Bram van Velde

prints & multiples • for sale

Untitled

Jan van Heel | Black doll, oil on canvas, 60.4 x 49.9 cm, signed l.c. and on the reverse and dated on the reverse '64

Jan van Heel

painting • for sale

Black doll, 1964

Finn Pedersen | Paradedag, oil on canvas, 99.8 x 80.7 cm, signed on the reverse

Finn Pedersen

painting • for sale

Paradedag

Eugène Brands | Japonais II: Rising moon, gouache on paper, 17.5 x 48.0 cm, signed l.r. with initials and dated '89

Eugène Brands

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Japonais II: Rising moon, 1989


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