George Jan Hendrik ('Geo') Poggenbeek (1853-1903) - "Vrouwen bij een wasplaats"

George Jan Hendrik ('Geo') Poggenbeek (1853-1903) - "Vrouwen bij een wasplaats"
Oil on panel - Hand signed - 1880

Geo Poggenbeek worked before he focused on painting, "just" in the office. In his free time, however, he was often outside. He was a frantic draughtsman. When he became acquainted with the painter Theo Hanrath at the age of 19, Poggenbeek immediately changed his mind. He quit his job and traded in the office for the painter's studio. After two years of teaching with J.H. Veldhuizen, he came in contact with Nicolaas Bastert. Coincidentally, Bastert had just quit his job in his father's trading company. The two youngsters immediately got along well and the acquaintance grew into a friendship for life.

In 1872 Poggenbeek enrolled at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Together with Bastert and Hanrath, he regularly went out to draw and watercolour in Oosterbeek and Rolde in Drenthe. At the time, Oosterbeek had grown into a painter's village of fame and fame. Gerardine van de Sande Bakhuyzen and her brother Julius also spent their summers in Rolde. After the Academy, Poggenbeek moved into a spacious studio in 1878 at Oosterpark in Amsterdam. Bastert also moved here, when he was back in the capital after a study period in Antwerp. The two housemates apparently did well because in 1881 they bought a small house in Breukelen. The picturesque Vechtstreek was a great source of inspiration for both painters. In between, they made a number of study trips to Switzerland, France and Italy. In the early 1890s, Poggenbeek spent longer periods in Normandy and Brittany.

Both Poggenbeek and Bastert turned out to be real landscape painters. Because they worked together so much, it is not surprising that their works have many similarities. However, Poggenbeek’s landscapes are a bit more delicate in atmosphere. For this reason, his work is often compared to that of Anton Mauve. Geo Poggenbeek had a strong sense of harmony and intimacy. This is particularly reflected in his compositions and the way in which he painted details such as a gnarled tree stump or slender branches and leaves. In watercolor paint, these properties were perhaps best shown.

Lot details
George Jan Hendrik ('Geo') Poggenbeek (1853-1903)
Title of artwork
"Vrouwen bij een wasplaats"
Oil on panel
Hand signed
Overall in good condition with traces of ageing and usage
Sold with frame
Image size
29×39 cm
Total dimensions
36×46×2 cm
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