Kees Verwey (1900-1995) - Flower Still Life / Bloemstilleven

Kees Verwey (1900-1995) - Flower Still Life / Bloemstilleven
Aquarelle - Signé à la main

Kunsthandel M.L. de Boer, Amsterdam, inventory number 7962.
Collection of the late Dr. J.A. Molhuyzen.

Kees Verwey (Amsterdam, 20 April 1900 - Haarlem, 23 July 1995) was a Dutch painter, watercolourist and draftsman. He was a cousin of the poet and writer Albert Verwey and of Hendrik Petrus Berlage, both of whom were his uncles. He himself was the uncle of Jacqueline de Savornin Lohman.

Verwey attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Haarlem from 1918-1919 and the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam from 1925 until 1926. He was a pupil of Henri Boot, founder of the Haarlem School and of Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita and Johannes Hendricus Jurres. He made, among other things, (flower) still lifes, portraits, watercolours and studio pieces, with his own studio at the Spaarne in Haarlem as decoration. He remained active into old age. His style stems from impressionism. He was influenced by Breitner’s and Seurat’s divisionism, which brought him to a personal synthesis of Impressionism and Colourism.

He was a member of the artist society of Haarlem ‘Kunst Zij Ons Doel’, of the Kennemer artist circle and of the Dutch watercolourist circle. In 1951 he married Jeanne Tilbusscher who was a teacher at the Haarlemsche Huishoud- en Industrieschool. He became known when his work was exhibited together with that of other Haarlem artists such as Hendrik van den Eijnde, this exhibition was held in the newly decorated room for modern art behind the Frans Hals Museum.

In 1961 his work was honoured with the Rembrandt Prize. In the late 1970s he had an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1985, 1990 and 1993 he had exhibitions in Haarlem. In 1989 and 2019 his work was on display in the Dordrechts Museum and in 1990 in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. His work is in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Singer Museum in Laren and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. His students included Frans Funke Küpper and Henk Fonville.

In 1984 he donated his estate to the municipality of Haarlem by bequest, but when the municipality procrastinated in finding a good home, he withdrew this offer and transferred his work to the Kees Verwey Foundation, of which he himself was the chairman. This foundation itself financed the conversion of the former gentleman's society ‘Trou moet Blycken’ into a suitable exhibition space. Since then, his oeuvre, consisting of thousands of paintings, watercolours and drawings, have been presented in the Verweyhal belonging to the Museum De Hallen and the Frans Hals Museum. The Kees Verwey Foundation collaborates with the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and has made an annual scholarship available to a novice artist since 2005.

His environment was the world in which he saw "an unimaginable source of beauty" and it would always remain his source of inspiration. The artist Peter Strucyken wrote about him in 1988: "I find the way he modulates colour into shape very special. Rarely does a form arise from a descriptive line. (...) Form arises from colour difference by Verweij. Within his paintings, shapes appear and disappear in infinite variation."
Verweij worked on sturdy slightly grainy paper. As a result, he obtained an even drying of the watercolour paint. The granularity created light effects in the transparent paint layer. And light has always been of great importance to Verweij: "I find the light that falls through the curtains more fascinating than my entire life which lies behind me".

Informations du lot
Kees Verwey (1900-1995)
Titre de l'oeuvre d'art
Flower Still Life / Bloemstilleven
Signé à la main
Excellent état
Dimensions totales
66×44.5×5 cm
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