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Spring is the time for the big clean-up, of young animals, blossom trees, flowers and, in the Netherlands, of colorful flowering bulb fields. In April and May, the flower bulbs are in bloom in the area around Lisse, and actually in the entire coastal region between Haarlem and Katwijk. As early as the 17th century, the cultivation of tulip bulbs started in Holland on excavated dunes near Haarlem and Overveen. Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths turned out to thrive in this chalky sandy soil. In the course of the 18th and 19th century, bulb cultivation expanded to the south - via Hillegom and Lisse - and old dunes and dune forests made way for extensive bulb fields. Flower bulbs became an important Dutch export product and the blossoming fields became a major tourist attraction.

Artists also attracted their remarkable color splendor. In the second half of the 19th century it was the foreign painters who "discovered" the bulb fields as a subject. The French impressionist Claude Monet was one of the first to paint them, during a trip through the Netherlands in 1886. Enormous fields full of flowers, wonderfully beautiful but to drive the poor painter mad. "Our meager palette is out of the question," he wrote to a friend in Paris. From the last two decades of the 19th century, many more foreign artists came to our country to capture our bulb fields on canvas. From the 20th century onwards, Dutch painters were also impressed by it. At that time there were dozens of small growers and the activity around flower cultivation was a wonderful spectacle for painters. For example, every year, from March to the beginning of May, when the bulb fields in the Heemstede area were in bloom, Anton L. Koster went outside to study them. With the invention of paint tubes, outdoor painting had been on the rise since the mid-19th century. With a folding chair and painting box he worked in the middle of the bulb fields. He made his studies, no larger than 30 x 44 cm, on cloths, which he attached to the lid of the painting box with thumbtacks, and then attached them to a thick cardboard or panel at home. They served as an example for larger paintings that Koster made in his studio, but were also readily sold at the time because, in their spontaneity, they were often just as attractive as the finished paintings.


Ben Viegers | Bulb field, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 50.6 cm, signed l.l.

Ben Viegers

painting • for sale

Bulb field

Wilhelm Christiaan Constant Bleckmann | Bulb fields along the dunes, oil on board, 41.1 x 60.6 cm, signed l.l.

Wilhelm Christiaan Constant Bleckmann

painting • for sale

Bulb fields along the dunes

Anton Koster | Tulip fields between the trees, watercolour and gouache on paper, 28.0 x 43.0 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Koster

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Tulip fields between the trees

Petrus Jacobus Maria Wiegman | Bulb fields, oil on board, 29.4 x 39.3 cm, signed l.l.

Petrus Jacobus Maria Wiegman

painting • for sale

Bulb fields

Leo van den Ende | Farm in Sassenheim, oil on canvas laid down on board, 27.5 x 37.3 cm, signed l.l.

Leo van den Ende

painting • for sale

Farm in Sassenheim

Johan Birnie | Bulb fields, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 70.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1921

Johan Birnie

painting • for sale

Bulb fields, 1921

Anton Koster | Working in the tulip fields, Overveen, oil on canvas, 52.4 x 75.6 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Koster

painting • for sale

Working in the tulip fields, Overveen

Frans van Tongerloo | Bulb fields near canal, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated  1916

Frans van Tongerloo

painting • for sale

Bulb fields near canal, 1916

Adriaan van Noort | Tree men working in the bulbfields, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 60.3 cm, signed l.l.

Adriaan van Noort

painting • previously for sale

Tree men working in the bulbfields

Leo de Winter | Farm with bulbfields behind the dunes, oil on canvas, 39.8 x 50.1 cm, signed l.l.

Leo de Winter

painting • previously for sale

Farm with bulbfields behind the dunes

Anton Koster | A field of tulips, oil on canvas laid down on board, 30.5 x 24.5 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Koster

painting • previously for sale

A field of tulips

Anton Koster | Transporting topped tulips, pastel on board, 39.0 x 51.5 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Koster

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Transporting topped tulips

Adrianus Zuiderwijk | Flower exhibtion Lenteflora in Lisse, 1948, oil on canvas, 50.3 x 70.2 cm, signed l.r.

Adrianus Zuiderwijk

painting • previously for sale

Flower exhibtion Lenteflora in Lisse, 1948

Willem Abraham Wassenaar | Tulip fields near a windmill, oil on canvas, 33.2 x 50.4 cm, signed l.l.

Willem Abraham Wassenaar

painting • previously for sale

Tulip fields near a windmill

Anton Koster | Bulb fields, watercolour on paper, 22.2 x 44.5 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Koster

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Bulb fields

Anton Koster | Bulbfields, oil on canvas, 44.7 x 59.3 cm, signed l.l. and with stamp on a label on the stretcher

Anton Koster

painting • previously for sale

Bulbfields

Ben Viegers | Bulb fields in bloom, oil on canvas, 30.6 x 40.8 cm, signed l.r.

Ben Viegers

painting • previously for sale

Bulb fields in bloom

Herman Bieling | Bulb fields, watercolour on paper, 47.8 x 68.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '26

Herman Bieling

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Bulb fields

Dirk Smorenberg | Bulb fields, oil on panel, 36.0 x 42.0 cm, signed l.r.

Dirk Smorenberg

painting • previously for sale

Bulb fields

Leendert van der Vlist | Farm with tulipfields, oil on canvas, 36.1 x 60.9 cm, signed l.r.

Leendert van der Vlist

painting • previously for sale

Farm with tulipfields

Anton Koster | Transporting Hyacinths, oil on canvas, 32.5 x 43.2 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Koster

painting • previously for sale

Transporting Hyacinths

Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig | Bulb fields, oil on canvas, 40.3 x 56.5 cm, signed l.r.

Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig

painting • previously for sale

Bulb fields

Piet Groen | Bulb fields in bloom, oil on canvas, 50.1 x 70.0 cm, signed l.r.

Piet Groen

painting • previously for sale

Bulb fields in bloom

Wilhelm Christiaan Constant Bleckmann | Farmers working in a bulb field, oil on canvas, 58.4 x 95.5 cm, signed l.l.

Wilhelm Christiaan Constant Bleckmann

painting • previously for sale

Farmers working in a bulb field

Anton Dirckx | Bulb fields, oil on canvas, 30.2 x 40.3 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Dirckx

painting • previously for sale

Bulb fields

Anton Koster | Cutting hyacinths, oil on canvas, 31.6 x 45.4 cm, signed l.l.

Anton Koster

painting • previously for sale

Cutting hyacinths

Joop Kropff | Bulb fields near Haarlem, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 50.8 cm, signed l.l.

Joop Kropff

painting • previously for sale

Bulb fields near Haarlem

Anton Koster | Hyacinths and tulipfields, Overveen, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 73.2 cm, signed l.r.

Anton Koster

painting • previously for sale

Hyacinths and tulipfields, Overveen