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Auction June 4, 2014: Willem Dooyewaard (1892-1980)

Dutch painter Willem Dooyewaard was born in Amsterdam in 1892. At the age of 20 he travelled to Indonesia, where he worked on a plantation in Sumatra. Later on he also lived on Bali. Willem Dooyewaard had an adventurous mind and was very fond of travelling. He visited many Asian countries, such as China, Japan, Tibet and Mongolia. For example, he undertook a hiking trip from Darjeeling through the Himalaya to Tibet. Later on he also visited North Africa. During these trips he endured many hardships. From this travels Dooyewaard took a wealth of inspiration for his artistic work. 

In 1930 he met his wife in Japan. In 1933 the couple returned to Blaricum, The Netherlands. Back in his home country Willem Dooyewaard was reunited with his brother Jaap, who was also a painter. Willem Dooyewaard passed away in 1980.

This painting was made by Willem Dooyewaard in 1922 on Bali and is quite unique. In particular, the colour scheme and subject (as oil painting) are very rare in his oeuvre. We only know of one of his painting to be comparable to this one, namely a painting that was also made on Bali in 1922. The strong impressionistic strokes, the light and the (for this artist) unusual background makes this painting one of the key pieces by Dooyewaard.
Provenance: a descendent of a major Dutch captain of industry.

Willem Dooyewaard (1892-1980), ‘Balische met offerschaal’
(Balinese girl with offering plate)’, signed and dated 1922, oil on canvas, 86 x 66 cm.

More information about this auction:

René de Visser

Zeeuws Veilinghuis
Herengracht 74
4331 PX  Middelburg
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