Dutch twentieth century landscape painters


Herman Gouwe, Horses and plow

The Frans Hals museum in Haarlem in The Netherlands does not limit itself to showing the works by famous local seventeenth painter Frans Hals.

There is now an exhibition on the whole 17th century local painting Hals family.

And the special exhibition buildings of the museum, at the central city square, now have several exhibitions on nineteenth and twentieth century art subjects.

Including one on Dutch landscape painters, 1900-1940.

And one on novelist, literary critic, and art critic Lodewijk van Deyssel, 1864 – 1952 (pseudonym of Karel Johan Lodewijk Alberdingk Thijm).

Van Deyssel lived in Haarlem; also the other exhibition focuses on Haarlem and the region around it, including the coastal village Bergen, where many artists settled after 1914.

Landscapes became important in the Renaissance, and in Dutch art in the seventeenth century, and remained so later, including in the early twentieth century.

The mostly local or regional painters at the exhibition include Jacobus van Looy; the expressionist Herman Kruyder, Leo Gestel, and Jan Sluijters.

And the French cubist Henri Le Fauconnier, who lived in The Netherlands from 1914-1920 as a refugee from the First World War, and who influenced Dutch painters, especially in Bergen village.

Many early twentieth century styles are represented: pointillist work by John Thorn Prikker; cubism; and expressionism (including by Jacoba van Heemskerck).

Herman Gouwe, Harvest

And Herman Gouwe, artistically a luminist, politically a communist; represented here with ‘De Maaier’ (The Harvester), with its blazing sunlight, somewhat similar to some later work by Vincent van Gogh.

Born in 1875 in Alkmaar, he died in 1965 in Tahiti in the Pacific.

Many of his landscapes were inspired by the hilly countryside of Limburg province in the south of The Netherlands.

He was unable to paint during bad weather.

Much of Leo Gestel’s landscapes here are of Mallorca in Spain.

Both cubism and futurism influenced Gestel.

Next entry is on the Van Deyssel exhibition.

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14 thoughts on “Dutch twentieth century landscape painters

  1. Although I am drawn to the color and subject of “The Harvester”, and relish viewing it, I came to your site through a series of links for the purpose of FINDING INFO ON A PAINTER FROM HOLLAND DURING THE 1950’S (probably an amateur – but I don’t know). I accidently happened onto a still life oil painting at a thrift store while looking for a frame that I could use. It has the name C.V. HASSEPP/56 or C.V. HASSEPF/56. It is a thickly painted on linen. It is vase of dark pink/light red roses and blue anemones on reflective table surface. Incidentally, the frame is of very high quality. If you can direct me to some source where I can get more information about this artist, I would very much appreciate it. I was raised on a ranch in Idaho -United States -, I am an amateur painter (mostly landscapes of the ranch life). Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you can direct me further. Elease.

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  2. Dear Elease, your question is a bit difficult to answer while I cannot see the letters of the signature of the painting myself. The last letter, if it is an F, may stand for “fecit”, [name of the painter] “made it”. The “V” in the Dutch language is often an abbreviation of “van”. So, the name of the artist might be C. van Hasse, or maybe C. van Hasselt, or something like that.

    I hope this may help you. All the best with this painting; and your own painting!

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  3. I have an oil painting from my sister’s estate, it is signed v Hasselt. It is a landscape with a pond on the left side, on the shore under a tree are 2 mallard ducks and 2 white geese with several babies. Glued to frame on the back is a note about the artist. He was born in Holland in 1920. Would like to learn more about the artist and if there is any value to the painting. Thanks for any info.

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  4. Hello,
    Found your blog and looking for similar kind of info as other posters. Have oil painting my parents purchased in Holland/Netherlands, mid-1960s. Landscape scene with cows in the pasture, mounds of hay, and next to water. Very dark in tone, but some nice spots of light that really pop. Canvas has been mounted/nailed into frame, but not completed with a full frame.

    Signature possibilities for artist (my interpretation):
    U J(I) Duinerman f:
    U J(I) Duinermas f:
    U J(I) Driminermars f:

    Any ideas who this might be, and when he/she was active, or even still alive and painting, as this was only purchased 40 years ago? Or, could it be older? Happy to email a photo if that could help.

    Thanks much,
    Carol Arnold
    Mpls, MN
    USA

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  5. Hi, thanks for the response. Yes, I think it could be Duinenman. It’s a rather formal, old-fashioned looking signature. Does that help a bit, and do you have further info that would help identify my artist?

    Again, thanks for the assistance.

    Carol Arnold
    Minneapolis, MN
    USA

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  6. Re #7: hi Carol, unfortunately I am not able to identify the artist by name. As far as I know the painting may have been made not by a more or less well known professional artist, but by a lesser known amateur or semi professional artist making it harder to identify. What would you say about the style of the landscape painting? The Hague school, impressionist, neo-impressionist, expressionist, realist??

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  7. i love this painting because it is really depict the life of the farmers and it shows peaceful. i love it!!!!! im also a nature artist and i want also to post my paintings to be recognized by other viewers.

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