(Amsterdam 1885 – Zeist 1964)
Winter in Switserland
Signed and dated 13 lower right
Oil on canvas, 65.5 x 90 cm
Private collection, the Netherlands (1950s)
Dirk Filarski, a member of the Bergen School, visited the Dutch coastal village of Bergen for the first time in 1907. Initially, Dirk Filarski mainly painted landscapes with hay press, forest and dune landscapes in a luminist style. He exhibited his work in Bergen and at the Amsterdam artists’ association Sint Lucas. In 1912 Dirk Filarski travelled with his painter friend Dirk Smorenberg to Switzerland. Filarski travelled through the Bernese Oberland and worked for weeks in the area of St. Moritz. His Impressionistic manner of painting gave way to a powerful painting style, with broader lines and brushstrokes. The simplification of the compositions and the stylized style of painting gave his work a certain abstract charge. Dirk Filarski returned to Amsterdam in 1917 and moved to Bergen a year later. During the heyday of the Bergen School (circa 1915-1920), Filarski painted with a wide palette and deep earthy colours. These Expressionist characteristics were also visible with the other Bergen School painters.