Foto: Studio Jan Willem van Riel
As a master student of Art, Market & Connoisseurship at the VU in Amsterdam, I focus on recognizing quality and authenticity in art.
Raised in a family of art lovers, I have always had a strong interest in paintings, drawings, graphics and photos.
I am now a proud owner of a growing art collection and I am involved in the Dutch art trade.
Current on sale: drawings by Louis Soonius, a collection of etchings by Leonor Fini, over 200 photographs by the Dutch artist Paul Blanca, a few Dutch paintings from the 17th century and an oil painting by the French cubist André Lhote.
Keep up to date with my adventures in the art world. For questions and reactions, send me a message.
17th-century panoramic landscape made by Anthonie Jansz. Van der Croost
17th-century paintings are usually unsigned. That makes it difficult to find out who the maker is. When a certain theme or painting style sold well, it was quickly taken over by fellow painters. This makes it difficult to attribute a painting to a specific painter based on style elements. Yet some paintings bear traces of what can be called a 'signature'; typical elements characteristic of one painter. The Hague painter Anthonie Jansz. van der Croost, Jan van Goyen 's neighbor, painted the work. Jan Willem Hoogsteder talks about this on 20 January with Frits Sissing at the Dutch version of the Antique Roadshow.
More information about the discovery of this painting can be read in an article published by the Dutch Fine Arts Magazine Tableau.
Price on request. Photo: Han Boersma
'Hunting for photos made by Paul Blanca'
As a columnist for the Dutch Fine Arts Magazine Tableau I regularly write about the art trade and how I work as a young art dealer. The first column is about a photo collection by the artist Paul Blanca.
Read the entire article here.
"Paul Blanca (1958), born as Paul Vlaswinkel, is a Dutch photographer who became known in the 1980s for his controversial and violent photographs. In New York he was coached by Robert Mapplethorpe who called the young photographer his only real competitor.
Blanca does not shy away from confrontation, he mutilates himself with razors and arrows and portrays heroin prostitutes at their moment of surrender. In Par La Pluie Des Femmes, he asks women about their most traumatic memories while capturing them naked and usually crying.
In Deformation he transforms human bodies. Here he makes the viewer think about the relative limits of the human physical by distorting his models with a thread.
Despite the averse subjects, Paul Blanca manages to capture the moment in an aesthetic way. His photos make the viewer think about what beauty is and continue to intrigue. ''
The collection consists of more than 200 different A3 size signed photos from the eighties to the present day.
The works are not yet on the website, but are for sale. If you are curious about the photos, you can send me a message via the contact form.
A 17th century 'Haerlempje' by Willem Dalens
Willem Dalens (The Hague 1628 - Hamburg 1675) grew up in The Hague. His father Dick Dalens I and brother Jan Dalens were both landscape painters. Willem Dalens followed in the footsteps of his father and started his painting career at the Sint Lucas Guild in Leiden, where he paid a subscription fee in 1650. In 1657 he married Susanna Danckerts from Voorburg. From this marriage came their son Dick Dalens II who also became a landscape painter. They left for Amsterdam around 1660. Here he made cityscapes along river banks of cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht and Dordrecht.
This oil painting on panel is a typical 'Haerlempje,' a cityscape of Haarlem. In the background you can see the Bavo Church and in the lower right corner is written 'Herelem.' The painting is monogrammed WD and dated1670 on one of the wooden houses in the foreground. This painting must be one of the last works that he made in Holland.
In 1671 the tension rose to much for Willem Dalens. Agression between the neighbors of the Republic increased, resulting in one of the black years in the history of The Netherlands, 'Het Rampjaar' of 1672. The Republic was attacked by the Diocese of Munster, Archdiocese of Cologne, France and England. According to the old saying, "the people were unreasoning, the government desperate, and the country unreasonable." Parts of Twente were already occupied and panic broke out when the French marched towards Utrecht. Only the return of the stadtholder who traditionally had control of the army could turn the tide. The war ended in a fizzle out. Stadtholder William III returned, the Republic stood up, but lost its position on the world stage. Before 'Het Rampjaar' set in, Willem Dalens had already left for Hamburg where he died a few years later.
Price on request. For more information send me a message.
Discovered! Painting by the French cubist André Lhote
During the interwar period, the modernist, theorist and teacher André Lhote immersed himself in the artistic life of Paris. As head of the Academy André Lhote in Montparnasse, he taught Tamara de Lempicka and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others. Influenced by fauvism and cubism, André Lhote developed his own style. He reduces objects and people to geometric forms, keeping their figurative quality intact.
The Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, wrote an article about it. The painting will be included in the upcomming Catalogue Raisonné of the artist.
Collection: 35 etchings by Leonor Fini
Leonor Fini belongs to one of the most important female surrealist artists of the 20th century. Her works are taken from fantasy and are usually sensual and erotic. Leonor Fini had a fascination with cats. She lived 'together' with no fewer than 20 Persian cats who also regularly appear in her works. It is therefore not surprising that this animal has become her trademark. Each work on paper, lithograph, etching and screen print, features a mark of a cat's head. The 35 different etchings offered on this website each bear this stamp and are hand-signed in pencil by Leonor Fini herself. View the entire collection here .
Ikebana: the art of flower arrangement
Ikebana is the Japanese word for flower vase and the art of arranging flowers. These objects are from the 20th century, made in a copper/bronze alloy and patinated.
Japan was cut off from the rest of the world for over 400 years until America broke its isolation in the 1950s and 1960s with the gunboat diplomacy. Besides Japanism, which strongly influenced the arts in Europe, Japanese culture was also subject to change.
The Japanese government rescinded the samurai's traditional right to carry two swords. As a result, a large group of metal workers suddenly became unemployed. Under the influence of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, metalworkers began to look for other forms of income. They responded to the demand for decorative arts and specialized in ikebana. Members of renowned craft families, such as Nakajima Yasumi and his son, as well as Hasegawa Gasen, rose in status and became famous artists. Both artists won prizes at the Japanese national art exhibitions organized by the government, such as Neiten and Teiten.
Ikebana are known for their elegant shape and deep patina. Through various different old techniques they were able to make multicolored patina in red, brown, yellow, green and even purple. One of these techniques is to smear the raw vase in oil and expose it to a smoking rice fire while acid and chemical splashes reacts with the copper alloy causing discoloration.
The ikebana and the accompanying tomobako (storage box) that I offer are made by artists who are included in the Becker collection of Japanese Bronze Flower Vases. Once in a while I have some new ikebana. So keep an eye on the website! View the ikebana here.