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Johannes Carolus Bernardus Sluijters (1881 - 1957)

Lot 11: JAN SLUIJTERS (1881-1957)


December 2, 2003
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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signed and dated ´09; inscribed Jan Sluijters Amsterdam on the backing


33,5 by 29 cm.


oil on canvas laid down on card


Kunsthandel Ivo Bouwman, The Hague


Visiting Paris in 1906, Sluyters became fascinated by modern art. Sluyters' s confrontation with the work of Neo-Impressionists, Fauvists and such painters as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Kees van Dongen resulted in sensational and dynamically modern work and made him pioneer of modernism in the Netherlands. He assimilated French influences and was together with Mondrian and Gestel one of the most important representatives of Dutch luminism.

During the period 1908 and 1911, Sluyters stayed frequent in Laren and Heeze. There he looked for intensive experiences of light, which he conveyed in his works in bright, radiant colours. In these years his work consisted mainly of landscapes and in 1909 his famous luminist sunny landscapes came into existence often in colours of red, blue, green and rose.

This lot also shows those typical colour combination from that period, which gives the work a radiant character. The painting posesses a strange, nostalgic moving lighting. The brushstrokes in this painting are less dominant than in other works of Sluyters in this period such as Ochtendgloren ( Daybreak) from 1909. The paintdots just act as one of the means in a subtle play of lines, planes and impressionist brushstrokes.

Sluyters's luminist landscapes, such as Boerderij te Heeze make up an undisputed highlight of his works.

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Modern and Contemporary Art

December 2, 2003, 12:00 AM EST

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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