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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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Laurens van Kuik | Composition, oil on canvas, 46.1 x 60.2 cm, signed l.l.

Laurens van Kuik

painting • for sale

Composition

Eugène Brands | Tuin in de zomer (Garden in summer), oil on paper, 50.4 x 54.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1961

Eugène Brands

painting • for sale

Tuin in de zomer (Garden in summer), 1961

Bart van der Leck | Compositie, gouache on paper, 13.5 x 16.5 cm, executed early 1930's.

Bart van der Leck

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Compositie, ca. 1930-1935

Armando | Untitled, lithograph on paper, 54.0 x 61.0 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil)

Armando

prints & multiples • for sale

Untitled

Corneille | Woman, cat and birds, lithograph on paper, 45.0 x 33.0 cm, signed l.r. (in potlood) and dated '95 (in potlood)

Corneille

prints & multiples • for sale

Woman, cat and birds, 1995

Anton Heyboer | Untitled, oil on canvas, 18.2 x 24.1 cm, signed l.c.

Anton Heyboer

painting • for sale

Untitled

Piet Ouborg | In heftige beweging (In Violent Motion), gouache on paper laid down on board, 50.5 x 65.1 cm, signed l.r. with initials and dated '48

Piet Ouborg

watercolour • drawing • for sale

In heftige beweging (In Violent Motion), 1948

Jaap Wagemaker | Donkere figuren (Dark figures), oil on canvas, 106.4 x 130.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '54

Jaap Wagemaker

painting • for sale

Donkere figuren (Dark figures), 1954

Eugène Brands | Composition II, gouache on board, 42.0 x 51.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 27/1/49-A

Eugène Brands

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Composition II, 1949

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

Karel Appel | A beast drawn man, lithograph on paper, 50.0 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '61 (in pencil)

Karel Appel

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A beast drawn man

Karel Appel | Composition, lithograph, 38.9 x 49.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '60

Karel Appel

prints & multiples • for sale

Composition, 1960

Frank Lodeizen | Untitled, oil and sand on canvas, 90.3 x 44.5 cm, signed l.r. with initials and dated '88

Frank Lodeizen

painting • for sale

Untitled, 1988

Paul Damsté | Stapeling (Stacking), iron, 30.0 x 10.0 cm

Paul Damsté

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Stapeling (Stacking)

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

Geer van Velde | Femme dans un intérieur, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 27.2 x 21.0 cm, signed l.r. with initials and painted ca. 1940-1942

Geer van Velde

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Femme dans un intérieur, ca. 1940-1942

Reinier Lucassen | The spirit of the Iniet, pencil and watercolour on paper, 31.0 x 24.7 cm, signed l.c. with initials and in full on the reverse and dated l.c. 985 and '85 on the reverse

Reinier Lucassen

watercolour • drawing • for sale

The spirit of the Iniet, 1985

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

Hans Hollenbach | Untitled, oil on canvas, 100.5 x 99.6 cm, signed on the stretcher

Hans Hollenbach

painting • for sale

Untitled

Joost Baljeu | W 5'58, screenprint on paper, 50.0 x 149.5 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated '89 (in pencil)

Joost Baljeu

prints & multiples • for sale

W 5'58, 1989

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

Lucebert | Untitled, chalk and gouache on paper, 73.5 x 108.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '79.I.11

Lucebert

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Untitled, 1979

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

Herman Krikhaar | Untitled 1998, acrylic on corrugated cardboard, 70.5 x 162.5 cm, signed l.r. with Monogram and dated '97

Herman Krikhaar

painting • for sale

Untitled 1998

Klaas Gubbels | Tischchen deck dich: A painted wooden table containing a monograph on the artist, plywood, 47.6 x 35.0 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


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