Hendrik Johan (Henk) Melgers (Groningen, 11 april 1899 – Amsterdam, 19 augustus 1973), an oil on linnen depicting two farm girls under a blossoming apple tree, and a rooster. Signed to the lower left and dated to the reverse, 1949.
After training at the Minerva Academy in Groningen Henk Melgers moved to Amsterdam. He returned to Groningen in 1925 and joined the Groningen painters' circle 'De Ploeg'. His works from this period were characterized by their expressionism. After Henk Melgers left Groningen his style became more impressionistic in nature. In 1933 he decided to move permanently to Amsterdam and he became acquainted with the work of Herman Kruyder. Until 1933 he participated in De Ploeg exhibitions.
After World War II the work of Melgers underwent important changes in both style and content. Realism was loosened and in its place came more fantastic scenes with a nod to the existing reality. Cows, pigs and chickens flying through the air or a stampede through a Drenthe village like in "The bull is loose" of 1945 [sources: Kunsthandel Mark Smit and Wikipedia]
Condition: Generally very good, one very small restoration, see pictures
This lot will be carefully packaged and sent by registered and insured mail.
- Henk Melgers
- Title of artwork
- Twee boeren meisjes en een haan
- Oil on canvas
- Hand signed
- Image size
- 95×80 cm
- Sold with frame