(Amsterdam 1856 – Laren 1932)
My Wife Marie
Signed lower left
Oil on board, 57.3 x 44.9 cm
On the reserve a signed sketch of a seated lady in black chalk.
Evert Pieters was born to a poor family and was apprenticed to a house painter at an early age. At the age of nineteen, he went to Antwerp, seeking an apprenticeship with a decorative painter. While there, he also took drawing classes in the evening at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He remained in Belgium as a freelance painter and won a medal at the Seconde Exposition Internationale d’Anvers in 1894. Pieters married shortly thereafter with Marie van de Bossche (1855-1940), with whom he returned to the Netherlands and settled in Blaricum in 1897. The present painting shows Marie in their garden.