(Kommerzijl 1893 – Amsterdam 1959)
Portret Theo Swagemakers
Signed with initials l.l.
Signed, titled and dated 1959 on the reverse
Oil on canvas, 92.2 x 73.2 cm
– Auction Christie’s Amsterdam, 1 December 1999, lot 223
– Private collection, The Netherlands
B. de Baat Doelman, Hier is Amsterdam, A.W. Bruna & Zoon, Utrecht, 1959, No. 42 (ill.)
Jan Wiegers is regarded as the pioneer of Dutch modernism. Even before 1920 the artist experimented with various modern styles, his expressive paintings and his free use of colour were groundbreaking. In the nineteen fifties he was appointed professor at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, which was the culmination of his artistic career. The lot offered here depicts the important portraitist Theo Swagemakers, contemporary and colleague, recorded in the renowned palette of Wiegers.