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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.


Herman Brood | 3 Männer, watercolour on paper, 24.0 x 30.0 cm, signed l.c.

Herman Brood

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3 Männer

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

Bram van Velde

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Eugène Brands | Toren in landschap (Tower in landscape), oil on paper, 21.5 x 22.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 5.56

Eugène Brands

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Toren in landschap (Tower in landscape), 1956

Eugène Brands | Cornfield, oil on canvas, 200.0 x 275.0 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and executed in 1976

Eugène Brands

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Cornfield, 1976

Reinier Lucassen | De goddelijke inspiratie van de onsterfelijke Ernst J. (The divine inspiration of the immortal Ernst J.), acrylic on board, 49.5 x 39.5 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse in full and dated '80 and on the reverse 1980

Reinier Lucassen

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De goddelijke inspiratie van de onsterfelijke Ernst J. (The divine inspiration of the immortal Ernst J.), 1980

Johan Dijkstra | Tapestry, wool, coloured, 148.0 x 83.0 cm

Johan Dijkstra

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César Domela | Keizer van een boom, gouache and collage op paper, 24.6 x 67.2 cm, executed ca. 1984

César Domela

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Keizer van een boom, ca. 1984

Jaap Nanninga | Jungle Flowers, oil on canvas, 80.2 x 90.5 cm, signed l.r. and on the stretcher and dated '60

Jaap Nanninga

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Jungle Flowers, 1960

Bengt Lindström | Shy woman, oil on canvas, 65.0 x 54.0 cm, signed l.l.

Bengt Lindström

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Shy woman

Wim Bosma | Garden, oil on canvas, 55.3 x 45.7 cm, signed l.l.

Wim Bosma

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Will Leewens | Stray blocks, oil on board, 46.8 x 67.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated '57

Will Leewens

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Stray blocks, 1957

Christiaan Boltanski | Les Bougies (Shadows from the lesson of darkness), oxidized copper on metal brackets, 35.0 x 150.0 cm, dated 1986

Christiaan Boltanski

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Les Bougies (Shadows from the lesson of darkness)

Simon Oud | Wall sculpture (five parts), patinated zinc, gesigneerd verso met stanssignatuur op elk element and dated 2006

Simon Oud

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Wall sculpture (five parts)

Jan Schoonhoven | Untitled, 1988, lithograph on paper, 49.7 x 59.7 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated 1988  (in pencil)

Jan Schoonhoven

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Untitled, 1988, 1988

Ernst Vijlbrief | Untitled, oil on canvas, 100.4 x 100.4 cm, signed l.r.

Ernst Vijlbrief

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Anton Rooskens | Untitled, gouache on paper, 58.7 x 49.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '72

Anton Rooskens

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Untitled, 1972

Manuel Marín | Hanging mobile, iron, 100.0 x 160.0 cm, signed with the artist's stamp

Manuel Marín

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Hanging mobile

Armando Bergallo | The three Graces, oil on canvas, 133.0 x 113.0 cm, signed l.r.

Armando Bergallo

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The three Graces

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi | Milky Way Dreaming, acrylic on canvas, 116.2 x 39.3 cm, signed on the reverse and painted in 1988

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

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Milky Way Dreaming, 1988

Maggi Giles | Striped block, earthenware, 61.0 x 22.0 cm, signed on the bottom and datiert 1981

Maggi Giles

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Striped block, 1981

Camille Hilaire | Flying trapeze (Trapeze volant), oil on canvas, 191.0 x 248.0 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1974

Camille Hilaire

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Flying trapeze (Trapeze volant)

André Derain | Personnages, watercolour on paper, 23.0 x 30.0 cm, signed l.r. provided with studio stamp and executed ca. 1905

André Derain

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Eugène Brands | Wandeling in het park (Walk in the park, oil on paper, 50.0 x 48.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 6.59

Eugène Brands

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Wandeling in het park (Walk in the park, 1959

Eugène Brands | Mysterious Universe, oil on canvas, 55.0 x 70.5 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated '71 on the reverse

Eugène Brands

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Mysterious Universe, 1971

Theo Wolvecamp | Compostion in Blue, oil on canvas, 74.4 x 79.7 cm, signed on the reverse and painted ca. 1949

Theo Wolvecamp

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Compostion in Blue, ca. 1949

Willem Hussem | Composition, oil on canvas, 113.0 x 130.0 cm, signed on the reverse and dated '58 on the reverse

Willem Hussem

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Composition, 1958

Nigura Napurrula | Composition with shells and fossils, acrylic on canvas, 126.8 x 149.0 cm

Nigura Napurrula

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Composition with shells and fossils

Lucebert | Three creatures, four eyes, pencil, chalk, watercolour and oil on paper, 50.2 x 70.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '89


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Three creatures, four eyes, 1989